Mr Ripleys Younger Fiction Book Choice For March 2011 - Janet Foxley - Muncle Trogg

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Muncle Trogg 


Janet Foxley
Giants live on top of Mount Grumble, hidden from humans below. But not all of them are giant-like.Muncle Trogg is so small that he’s laughed at by the others for being human-sized. Fed up, he decides to take a look at the Smallings that he’s meant to look like. But what he discovers is very surprising!
Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2010.
An affectionate and charming upside down fairytale, this is the magical story of the residents of Misty Mountain and the tiny giant who saves the day.
Exciting and laugh-out-loud funny, and filled with joyful illustrations.
First in a series of adventures starring Muncle, Emily and Snarg, the dragon.
Perfect for readers aged 7+
For anyone who loved Cressida Cowell’s, How to Train Your Dragon.
Small Extract to get your dragon's teeth into........'
Ma!’ shrieked Muncle.  ‘Gritt’s upside-downing me.’ 
        The only light in the Troggs’ underground home came from Ma’s fire.  Now it threw the shadow of a larger-than-life Gritt on to the rocky wall, with a much-too-small Muncle dangling helplessly from his hand.
        ‘Ma!’ Muncle yelled again.  His shadow swung wildly to and fro. 
        This sort of thing made him feel smaller than ever.  At twelve he should have been able to stand up for himself.  But at the moment he couldn’t stand up at all.  Gritt had him firmly by the ankles.  It wouldn’t have been so bad if Gritt had been his older brother, but Gritt was four years younger.
        ‘Ma!’  He was going to be sick if he stayed upside down much longer.  It was a good thing Pa wasn’t home yet.  Pa always took Gritt’s side.  Gritt was the sort of son a giant could be proud of.