Eva Ibbotson

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The Ogre of Oglefort

Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010
book | Fiction | 2010
World → Macmillan

Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 2010

When a Hag, an orphan boy and a troll called Ulf are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they expect it to be a fairly standard magical mission. But the ogre is depressed, the princess doesn't want to be rescued - and the ogre's dead wife is turning in her grave. The Norns who rule their fates decide to take things in hand - will the Ogre meet a bloody end, or will there be a happy ending?

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The Ogre of Oglefort
Reviews

Sunday Times 100 Best Children's Book

If I had to choose one author to make children love books it would be Eva Ibbotson.

Nicolette Jones
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/books/fiction/article1465351.ece
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Ibbotson has more claim than any contemporary author to be JK Rowling’s original Amanda Craig
The Sunday Times
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Summer Books for Older Children: Runners and Riders
Ibbotson is an exceptionally adept writer and this gleeful story is pitch perfect, right down to its resoundingly satisfying ending.
Olivia Laing
The Observer
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This kind of fun will never fail to delight. Philip Pullman

Eva Ibbotson weaves a magic like no other. Once enchanted, always enchanted.
Michael Morpurgo

The best Ibbotson I've read so far. She put everything in her heart into this one, and it works magically.

Goodreads

Beneath Ms. Ibbotson's humor there is an undertow of gentle melancholy: Almost all her characters here suffer initially from the weight of others' expectations, but of course that only makes their happiness the more radiant when, by story's end, each has found his own bliss.

The Wall Street Journal

Ibbotson turns stereotypical portrayals of fairy tale figures on their head in this hilarious account of a princess's rescue...  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.

Publisher's Weekly Review