|Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson. Nosy Crow, 2014.|
Cute Book Alert!
It's a beautiful day, and I plan on spending as much of it outside as possible, but I must put this picture book on your radar, if it isn't there already. Troll Swap is written and illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson, and the girls and I pulled it out of the library bag last night.
It's about a little troll named Timothy Limpet, who is neat and polite and quite unlike the other trolls. It's also about a little girl named Tabitha Lumpit, who is loud and messy and trollish, especially compared to her neat, polite parents.
Timothy and Tabitha long to fit in. Then one day - they meet!
As you may have deduced from the title, Timothy and Tabitha switch places, and at first, everything seems to work out. But in the end, we learn that it's important to be true to yourself. And sometimes, those flaws are what make you so loveably you.
Leigh Hodgkinson has a website called Wonkybutton. Besides writing and illustrating books for children, she has also worked as an animator, and as the art director for the TV series Charlie and Lola. I read the book to the girls in my best (worst) British accent. If you're a fan of Lauren Child, or of shows like Charlie and Lola or Peppa Pig, do check this one out! It's cute, funny, and the artwork is fabulous.