In modern day London, a hag, a troll, a boy and a wizard are sent on a quest to rescue a princess on a mythic isle from an evil ogre; the story sounds pretty straight forward doesn’t it? But what happens if the ogre isn’t really evil, the princess doesn’t want to be rescued or the adventurers are too gentle to kill anyone? That is precisely what occurs in The Ogre of Oglefort. From ghosts to marauding armies to an influx of ogres, our quartet of adventurers must face a number of unexpected glitches when trying to achieve their goal including becoming friends with the ogre.
I have never read one of Eva Ibbotson’s books before this but if all her books contain humor and an interesting storyline I look forward to reading them. This lighthearted story enchanted me with its themes of unexpected friendships and the universal need to belong. The story is fast paced, carrying the reader rapidly along to the end. This is definitely a good book to read before bedtime.
Age range: 3rd grade on up.
Eva Ibbotson. The Ogre of Oglefort. Dutton Children’s Books, NY.NY. 2011. 247pp.