Bog by Karen Krossing
published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Markham ON
The soft water colour like cover art is reminiscent of Maurice Sendek’s “Where the wild things are”. However that is where any similarity ends! Karen Krossing’s latest book is a refreshing imaginative and original story.
Bog , a charming irresistible cave troll, secure world crashes to a sudden halt as he witnesses his father turning to stone as they are being hunted by the dreaded disciples of the feared ‘Troll Hunter’.
Sunk in grief, Bog resolutely decides to leave behind the remnants of his family to embark on untroll-like quest — avenging his father. Beginning this journey alone, Bog is interrupted in his mission by surprises that impact him in many unforeseen ways.
Bog is a most fascinating, yet complex character that the reader can sympathize with and enjoy how the author intertwines First Nations lore with other legends.
This is unquestionably a narrative that will captivate, entrance and transport a reader into the realm of magic and myth!
Highly recommended for grades 3; 4; 5