The Resource The Ogre of Oglefort, Eva Ibbotson ; illustrated by Lisa K. Weber

The Ogre of Oglefort, Eva Ibbotson ; illustrated by Lisa K. Weber

Label
The Ogre of Oglefort
Title
The Ogre of Oglefort
Statement of responsibility
Eva Ibbotson ; illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
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Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When the Hag of Dribble, an orphan boy, and a troll called Ulf are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, it turns out to be far from the routine magical mission they expect
Writing style
Character
Award
USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2012.
Review
  • Grades 4-6 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, Carolyn (Reviewed 07-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 21, p61)
  • Gr 3 – 5 — In post-World War II Britain, as their lands have been taken over by modern industry, hags, trolls, wizards, and other magical beings have been forced to move to the cities and find menial jobs. The one bright spot in an otherwise drab existence is the annual Summer Meeting of Unusual Creatures. The Hag of the Dribble, who runs a boardinghouse in the middle of London, is beside herself when her familiar, a tired old toad, won't go. Her young neighbor Ivo has an idea—he will serve as her familiar so she can attend the meeting and he can get away from the orphanage. The meeting at the luxury hotel starts off routinely enough, but the Norns—the three Fates—unexpectedly appear to announce that the summer task will be rescuing Princess Mirella from the terrifying Ogre of Oglefort, and the Hag and Ivo, along with their troll and wizard companions, find themselves charged with slaying him. Surprises are in store, though, including the fact that that the princess is there voluntarily to escape a planned marriage (she wants the ogre to turn her into a bird), and the ogre is suffering from severe depression. Adding to the complications, Mirella's parents send an army to rescue their daughter, and the Norns enlist the help of some bad-tempered ghosts when they feel that the Hag and her group are not moving quickly enough. Ibbotson's fans will find plenty to like with her signature quirky characters, twisty plot, and happy resolution that underscores the many forms friendship can take.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA --Kim Dare (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 8, p108)
  • /* Starred 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 fiancé. 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.) --Staff (Reviewed June 6, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 23, p)
  • A motley group hesitantly forms a princess-rescuing team and ends up in the last place they expected. In a post–World War II London still recovering from the Blitz lives a Hag who's been dislodged from her Dribble (a water meadow where "the damp air is so soft"). At a meeting for Unusual People, three partially-asleep norns assign the Hag, a troll, a self-doubting wizard and a open-hearted orphan to go to "an island as big as England and Scotland and Wales all put together" to rescue Princess Mirella from a flesh-eating ogre. They make the journey, befriend Mirella and take over the ogre's castle while the text calmly upends conventions and expectations: Mirella's no damsel-in-distress after all, and the ogre's more petulant and beleaguered than flesh-hungry. From Hag to ogre to misinformed norns to a previously-human gnu, Ibbotson's characters are non-glamorous and wistful but all the more human for it. Although soldiers try to kidnap Mirella, the real challenge for these mixed-age protagonists is sadness. The plot never flags or becomes sentimental; humor and gross-out tidbits (medicine made from used foot-washing water) pop up amid delicious turns of phrase (a dead salamander looks "like a very troubled banana which had died in its sleep"). Humility trumps grandness here; meanwhile, the castle becomes a home. An offbeat, matter-of-fact journey from displacement to an idyllic homestead. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fantasy. 8-11)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
Awards note
Outstanding International Books List, 2012.
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10011838
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ibbotson, Eva
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illustrations
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no index present
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910L
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
6.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Weber, Lisa K.
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True
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Magic
  • Princesses
  • Orphans
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The Ogre of Oglefort, Eva Ibbotson ; illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9780525423829
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2010038137
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Label
The Ogre of Oglefort, Eva Ibbotson ; illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9780525423829
Lccn
2010038137
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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