“Life of Zarf: The Troll Who Cried Wolf”

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“Life of Zarf: The Troll Who Cried Wolf” by Rob Harrell, is a book about a troll named Zarf. His friend, Kevin (who is a pig) and their human teacher are snatched by a pack of wolves with funny names (like Sinister Sneaky, Awkward Awful, and Mad Malicious Wolf). It is up to Zarf and Red Ridinghood’s daughter, Sierra, to save them. The story is not very detailed, but it is funny for younger kids. I won’t tell you more, but let’s just say there were at least 3 exciting, surprising, and interesting events. At one point in the story I thought the principal (of the same school of the human teacher) would be leading the effort to get them back, but it turns out he was just a disguised wolf! SPOILER ALERT!!! In this story the Big Bad Wolf is still alive. Do you like the Big Bad Wolf???

 

This is a hybrid book, which means it uses words and pictures to develop the story. I recommend this book for ages 6-8. This is a fantasy book because animals are alive and talking. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it an 8 for ages 6-8.

The pictures were basic and in black and white. There are 262 pages with about 2 large pictures per page.This is the second book in a set. The first book is called “Life of Zarf: The Problem With Weasels.” Overall, I believe that this book will not entertain anyone above the age of 9.