Synopses & Reviews
'The New York Review Children\'s Collection began in 2003 in an attempt to reward readers who have long wished for the return of their favorite titles and to introduce those books to a new generation of readers. The line publishes picture books for preschoolers through to chapter books and novels for older children. Praised for their elegant design and sturdy bindings, these books set a new standard for the definition of a "classic."
Among the 40 titles included in this collection you will find Wee Gillis, a Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of The Story of Ferdinand; Esther Averill\'s time-honored Jenny and the Cat Club series; The House of Arden by E. Nesbit, one of J.K. Rowling\'s favorite writers; several titles by the award-winning team of Ingri and Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire, including their Book of Norse Myths and Book of Animals; James Thurber\'s The Thirteen Clocks and The Wonderful O, both with illustrations by Marc Simont. Not to be missed is the classic animal adventure story Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford, the author of The Incredible Journey; Lucretia Hale\'s hilarious The Peterkin Papers; James Cloyd Bowman\'s Newbery Honor Book, Pecos Bill; and holiday favorites by John Masefield, The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights.
The New York Review Children\'s Collection brings time-tested children\'s and young adult literature to your bookshelf in sturdy, well-crafted hardback editions designed to last for generations. The covers feature a unified series design by award-winning designer Louise Fili and all interior materials are carefully selected to reflect the period of original publication. Each book has a three-piece, paper-over-board cover, cloth spine, and coordinating head- and foot-bands. All text is printed on acid-free paper stock and many titles include original endpapers, line art, and full-color illustrations.
This collection includes one each of the following titles:
Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon
The Bears\' Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati
The Island of Horses by Eilis Dillon
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
Mistress Masham\'s Repose by T.H. White
The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater
Carbonel: The King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh
An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden
D\'Aulaires\' Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire
Jenny Goes to Sea by Esther Averill
Jenny\'s Birthday Book by Esther Averill
The Bear and the People by Reiner Zimnik
Jenny\'s Moonlight Adventure by Esther Averill
The School for Cats by Esther Averill
Captains of the City Streets by Esther Averill
The Hotel Cat by Esther Averill
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf, Illustrations by Robert Lawson
The House of Arden by E. Nesbit
The Lost Island by Eilis Dillon
D\'Aulaires\' Book of Trolls by Ingri and Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale
Bel Ria by Sheila Burnford
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman, Illustrations by Laura Bannon
D\'Aulaires\' Book of Animals by Ingri and Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire
Uncle by J. P. Martin, Illustrations by Quentin Blake
The Backward Day by Ruth Krauss, Illustrations by Marc Simont
The Two Cars by Ingri & Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire
The Terrible Troll-Bird by Ingri d\'Aulaire Edgar d\'Aulaire
The Box of Delights by John Masefield
Foxie, The Singing Dog by Ingri and Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire
Uncle Cleans Up by J. P. Martin
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, Illustrations by Marc Simont
The Midnight Folk by John Masefield
Too Big by Ingri and Edgar Parin d\'Aulaire
The Wonderful O by James Thurber, Illustrations by Marc Simont
The Mousewife by Rumer Godden, Illustrations by William Pene Du Bois
The Kingdom of Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
Ounce Dice Trice by Alastair Reid, Illustrations by Ben Shahn'
Filled with vibrant illustrations and telling a story of childhood ingenuity and bravery, The Terrible Troll-Bird is a delightful companion to Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's more comprehensive books of Norwegian folklore, D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths and D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls,
The Troll-Bird (who looks like nothing so much as a gargantuan rooster) is a fierce and frightening kidnapper of the villagers' livestock and pets. That is he was, until he set his beady eyes on Blakken, the beloved horse of Ola, Lina, Sina, and Trina. From that point on, the terrible days of the bird's terrorizing are numbered, and it's not long before the whole village is celebrating his demise at a feast attended by even the shy hulder-maiden sprites. All the celebrating is cut short, though, by the appearance of two trolls even more horrible than the Troll-Bird, who threaten to steal all the cottages they can to use as toys for their troll children. Luckily, even little children can outwit old trolls, and Ola and his sisters figure out a way to save the day yet again.
One summers eve Ola, Lina, Sina, and Trina leave their village to gather firewood in the forest, when theyre surprised by the hideous call of the terrible troll-bird, a giant rooster who pops up out of the treetops and swoops down to devour their beloved horse Blakken. Little does the terrible troll-bird know that in Ola, Lina, Sina, and Trina he has finally met his match: his terrible days of terrorizing are over. Before long the whole village is celebrating the monsters demise, and even the gnomes and hulder-maidens are coming out of their hiding places in the woods to participate in a great feast. All celebration is cut short, though, with the startling appearance of two monstrous moss-grown trolls even more terrible than the terrible troll-bird himself. Luckily, the children rise to the occasion once more, saving the day before they set out on a splendid new adventure.
Filled with vibrant illustrations and telling a story of childhood ingenuity and bravery, The Terrible Troll-Bird is a delightful companion to Ingri and Edgar Parin dAulaires more comprehensive books of Norwegian folklore, DAulaires Book of Norse Myths and DAulaires Book of Trolls.
Filled with vibrant illustrations and a story of childhood ingenuity and bravery, this book offers a delightful companion to the authors more comprehensive books of Norwegian folklore, "DAulaires Book of Norse Myths" and "DAulaires Book of Trolls." Full color.
About the Author
Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (1898—1986) studied art in Germany and France, and worked with Henri Matisse. In Munich, he met Ingri Mortenson (1904—1980), a Norwegian-born art student. They married, emigrated to the US, and began a long career together, during which they published over twenty picture books for children. The Magic Rug was followed by Ola and East of the Sun and West of the Moon, both of which describe Norwegian folklore. Their work shifted to American history with Abraham Lincoln, a biography which won the 1940 Caldecott Medal. The d'Aulaires were awarded the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association in 1970.