The ogre of Oglefort

by Ibbotson, Eva.

Format: Print Book 2012
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Ivo the orphan, together with the Hag of Dribble, Ulf the Troll, and Brian the Wizard, sets out to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. But when the rescuers arrive at the castle, they are shocked to find that the princess doesn't want to be saved; she wants the ogre to turn her into a bird so she can escape an arranged marriage. And the Ogre isn't nearly the fearsome creature he once was--in fact, he's rather depressed. Now the rescuers have a new goal: save Princess Mirella from her tyrannical royal family and help restore the Ogre and his castle to the fearsome (but fun) paradise it used to be.
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Booklist Review: "After years of boring predictability at a cheerless orphanage, Ivo longs for adventure. Along with a homesick witch, a displaced troll, and a reluctant wizard, he takes on a daunting quest: to slay the Ogre of Oglefort and rescue Princess Mirella. But Mirella is no captive. After fleeing from a repugnant suitor at home, she has come to beg the ogre to turn her into a bird; however, the despondent ogre has troubles of his own. Slowly, the characters emerge from misery into happiness. Ibbotson has taken beings from folklore and mythology and tweaked them into more fallible, amusing, and occasionally disgusting characters. Even when detailing horrors, the writing has a droll, ironic wit that lights up the narrative. The rescue mission may have gone awry, but the dreaded castle slowly becomes a haven for these amiable misfits as the story unfolds and moves toward its unconventional but wholly satisfying conclusion.--Phelan, Caroly. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ibbotson (Journey to the River Sea) turns stereotypical portrayals of fairy tale figures on their head in this hilarious account of a princess's rescue. The fun begins when a clan of displaced magical creatures-a hag, a troll, and a wizard-is recruited to save young Princess Mirella from her captor, the "dreaded Ogre of Oglefort." However, when the team, accompanied by an orphan boy, Ivo, arrives at Oglefort Castle, they quickly learn that it's the tired and sickly ogre who needs liberation. In an attempt to avoid the horrible fate of marrying a "nitwit" of a prince, Mirella has been browbeating the ogre, demanding he change her into a bird. After the truth is sorted out, the rescuers devise new goals that include nurturing the ogre back to health and warding off intruders-like the regiment of soldiers led by Mirella's fiance. Fans of the author, who died in 2010, will find a gratifying mix of fresh material and traditional Ibbotson goodies: plenty of humorous twists, clever dialogue, an all's well that ends well conclusion, and, of course, cameo appearances by ghosts. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Ghouls and ogres -- Juvenile fiction.
Princesses -- Juvenile fiction.
Ghouls and ogres -- Fiction.
Princesses -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :Puffin Books,2012
Contributors Weber, Lisa K.
Audience Ages: 8-up.
Language English
Notes Includes an excerpt from The secret of Platform 13.
Description 247, 13 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780142421352
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