cover image When the Troll Heard the Squeak

When the Troll Heard the Squeak

Kevin Hawkes. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, $13.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-688-09757-8

Miss Terry's fondness for jumping on the bed in the middle of the night sets the entire household on its ear. As she bounces rambunctiously, furniture rumbles on the floors beneath her and family members and servants alike are tossed from their beds--even Grandma's dentures go flying. Just when another sleepless night seems imminent, the giant troll who lives in the basement is awakened. Not at all amused, he climbs the crooked staircase to the top of the house and solves the problem once and for all. In his debut book, Hawkes employs a limerick-style verse--the perfect vehicle for his tale of utter nonsense, and his intriguing artwork makes good use of dense, well-balanced color. Unusual, imaginative perspectives and open-sided views of the old Victorian house are a real delight. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)