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Muncle Trogg / Janet Foxley ; illustrated by Steve Wells.

By: Foxley, Janet.
Contributor(s): Wells, Steve.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Frome, U.K. : Chicken House, 2011Description: 206 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781906427030.Subject(s): Humorous stories | Giants -- Juvenile fiction | Premiers' Reading Challenge : 3-4DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: Meet Muncle Trogg. He's supposed to be a giant, but he's so small that all the other giants laugh at him for being human-sized. He decides to go and visit the 'Smallings' to see if he would get on better in their world. But what he discovers is very surprising indeed...
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Premiers Reading Challenge 3 - 4

Meet Muncle Trogg. He's supposed to be a giant, but he's so small that all the other giants laugh at him for being human-sized. He decides to go and visit the 'Smallings' to see if he would get on better in their world. But what he discovers is very surprising indeed...

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From Muncle Trogg "Oh, you've found my pet dragon," Princess Puglug said with a yawn. "He's boring. Ugly Thing's going to be much more fun! She hasn't eaten her tea, though, naughty girl." She dumped Emily on a doll's chair. Emily rubbed her shoulder. "Nasty brute!" she said tearfully. Her frightened blue eyes looked too big for her pale little face. "What did she say?" Puglug demanded. "Er...tasty fruit!" said Muncle. "I think she wants fruit." Puglug took a chunk of birthday cake out of her pocket and licked the fluff off it. Then she put it on the table. "We haven't got any fruit," she said, "so stop being fussy." "Just do what she wants," Muncle whispered to the frightened girl. "Eat your cake." "Cake?" Emily gasped. "It tastes as if it's made from worms and slugs and toadstools." Muncle was surprised. "Isn't that the kind of cake you like?" Excerpted from Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Pint-sized Muncle Trogg is known as a Minikin to the rest of the giants on Mount Grumble in Janet Foxley's humorous debut title (Chicken House, 2012). Actually, he's more the size of humans known as Smallings. Nothing much is expected of Mungle due to his size and because he and his brother, Grit, always seem to be in trouble. Muncle has failed his exams and burned down the school. Grit and Muncle have each lost a dragon, and Grit isn't allowed back at school until he replaces the creature. A good dragon costs about 50 nuggets. To earn the money, Muncle agrees to dress in some Smalling clothing and be part of a skit with Pa in the "Burps and Farts Competition." Grit surprises everyone by kidnapping a Smalling named Emily and uses her in his skit. Then Princess Puglug demands to keep Emily as a pet along with Muncle. Realizing the danger, Muncle helps Emily escape. Muncle learns more about the Smallings, Mount Grumble which is a volcano, and the Smalling Book of Magic. British narrator, James Daniel Wilson, perfectly captures the personalities of a variety of characters from gruff Pa, Muncle, and Emily to King Thoughtless the 13th, and Princess Puglug. Sound effects add to the telling. Listeners will enjoy the adventures mixed with wacky humor.-Nancy Baumann, University of Columbia-Missouri (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Unnaturally small of stature but more courageous and far brighter than his thick-headed clan, an undersize giant ventures into the world of the feared Smallings in this lightweight British farce. Harassed by his much larger little brother at home and by both bullies and teachers at school, 10-year-old Muncle is eager to prove himself. Among other adventures, he sneaks away from his hidden mountain colony in captured human clothes for a brief visit to a modern town, becomes the first giant in generations to ride a flying dragon, triumphs in the annual Burps 'n' Farts Competition at the king's birthday party, and even rescues a kidnapped human girl from the clutches of spoiled Princess Puglug. Bald, pop-eyed, and with the general proportions of a Palmer Cox Brownie, Muncle cuts a comically shrimpy figure in O'Kif's pen-and-ink vignettes and occasional full-page drawings. But there's more to him than meets the eye as readers, and even his Brobdingnagian brethren, come to realize by the end. Surefire fare for Cressida Cowell and Philip Ardagh fans.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist

Horn Book Review

Muncle, a miniscule, people-sized giant, daydreams about being amongst "Smallings" (humans that most giants fear); soon he finds himself in closer contact with them than he ever imagined. The fast-paced plot sometimes proceeds in an illogical manner, but the humorous world and tongue-in-cheek phrases (e.g., "pretty as a toad") will keep readers enthralled. O'Kif's illustrations match Foxley's cartoonish writing style. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

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Spanish Review

Una raça de gegants viu al cim d'una muntanya, ocults a la gent. Però no tots els gegants són grans: Muncle Trogg és objecte de burla per tenir solament l'alçada d'un humà. Muncle es cansa de les bromes i decideix anar a conèixer els "petitons" als quals suposadament s'assembla. El que descobreix és d'allò més sorprenent...

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