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D’Aulaires’ Book of Trolls | Norse Folklore - Alder & Alouette

D’Aulaires’ Book of Trolls | Norse Folklore for Kids (New York Reviews Children’s Collection)

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In this spectacular follow-up to their beloved Book of Norse Myths, the husband-and-wife team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire explore the uncanny reaches of Norse mythology, an enchanted night-world populated by trolls of all kinds--mountain trolls, forest trolls, trolls who live underwater and trolls who live under bridges, uncouth, unkempt, unbreakable, unforgettable, and invariably unbelievably ugly trolls--who work their wiles and carry on in the most bizarre and entertaining fashions.

With their matchless talent as storytellers and illustrators, the d'Aulaires bring to life the weird and wonderful world of Norse mythology.


  • D’Aulaires Book of Trolls
  • Written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire.
  • Published by New York Review of Books, October 17, 2006.
  • Ages 6 to 9 years
  • 0.57" H x 12.06" L x 8.98" W (1.33 lbs) 76 pages
  • Hardcover



"Over their nearly five-decade career, Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire penned and illustrated nearly 30 books, winning them wide acclaim and several awards. Trolls, originally released in 1972, was among this lauded group. New York Review Books has now returned it to print, and we have two words to say about that: Thank you. Trolls combines charming tales from Norse folklore with a fantasy traveler's guide to the hairy beasts. We learn about forest trolls, mountain trolls and bridge trolls--their habitats, habits and even number of heads. We meet three creatures who share a single eyeball, and cursed princesses who burp toads. But nothing's too scary: The lithographed pictures have a warm, hand-drawn look that transforms all beasts from horrific to humorous. The press reprinted another of the couple's classics last year, D'Aularies' Book of Norse Myths, with a preface by novelist Michael Chabon. This new entry in the collection arrives without endorsement, but trust us, it doesn't need one." - Time Out New York Kids


"There are children whose drawings of even the most ferocious monsters still reflect a quality of their own innocence and sweet temperament. The same is true of the artwork of the d'Aulaires. No matter how fierce their subjects, they can endow them with a kind of vulnerability that is both touching and-especially in the case of trolls-ridiculous...Combining knowledgeableness with easy-going humor, the d'Aulaires work anecdote after anecdote into a kind of patchwork story-quilt. Each patch, while complete in itself, contributes to an over-all understanding of the Norwegian troll world, fragments of which have survived into today...[They] have written an authoritative book on trolls and created a nearly perfect picture book for children."-The New York Times