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“The Ogre must be slain,” said Norm Number One. “Killed,” said the Second Norm. “Pulverized. Absolutely,” said the Third. Then all three of them pointed to the audience and with one voice they cried: “This is the task!”
The annual Summer Meeting of Unusual Creatures is usually quite a gentle affair. But this year’s is different. When an ordinary, unmagical boy called Ivo, a hag, a troll and a wizard are given the task of rescuing a princess from an ogre, they quail. They tremble. They consider running away and hiding. Can they be any match for the gruesome, ghastly, flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort? But not all is as it seems. The Ogre is depressed and not in the mood for eating anyone. What’s more, the princess doesn’t even WANT to be rescued. So the bossy Norms, who rule over everyone, send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done… With all her classic hallmarks, this Eva Ibbotson fantasy is a marvellously magical tour-de-force from a born storyteller.
“Deliciously entertaining.” Guardian
“This kind of fun will never fail to delight.” Philip Pullman
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