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Book Shelf: The World’s Loveliest Troll

February 9, 2010

You all know, I hope, of Tomie De Paola’s (check out his bibliography, the man is incredibly prolific) Strega Nona and Big Anthony, but do you know Helga?

Helga’s Dowry was one of my absolute favorites as a kid and it’s a perfect Valentine’s read for girls and boys. Sadly, it is out of print (it seems like the best ones often are), but I managed to find a somewhat scuffed library copy online for under $5. So if you don’t need a first edition, it’s not too dear.

The illustrations are, of course, divine, filled with humor and De Paola’s wonderful palette and rounded line, and the story has a nice twist at the end.

I highly recommend it to kids and adults of all ages.

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