The Troll


Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by David Roberts

A troll who lives under a bridge is fed up of eating fish and on the look out for a tasty goat to cook. Tricked by different animals into going further down the river towards the sea, he sets off with his frying pan and cookery book in search of a goat.

Meanwhile, a bunch of fearsome pirates are searching for treasure and craving a well cooked dinner of fish as none of them know how to cook. Fate will bring the two parties together with hilarious consequences.

This fun and unusual picture book brings together two classic tales with a modern twist, which is great to read aloud and beautifully illustrated with David Roberts’ expressive drawings.


Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

About the authors

  • Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular writers. Her bestselling titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow and spends a lot of time on stage performing her brilliant sell-out singalong shows!


    Julia Donaldson is the Children's Laureate 2011-13.

    Julia Donaldson
    Julia Donaldson
  • David Roberts

    David Roberts was born in Liverpool and studied a degree in fashion design at Manchester Metropolitan University. After university he worked as a milliner and began to get work as a fashion illustrator but always felt his true calling was in children's book illustration. After working as a shelf stacker, egg fryer, hair washer, film extra and coffee-maker David finally realised his dream of becoming a children's book illustrator when his first book Frankie Stein's Robot, written by Roy Apps, was published in 1998 and shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award for emerging illustrators.


    Since then he has illustrated works by authors such as Philip Ardagh, Daren King, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Baker and Chris Priestley. He is also the creator of Dirty Bertie - a litle boy with bad habits.


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