The Ogre of Oglefort

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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‘The Ogre must be slain,’ said Norm Number One. ‘Killed,’ said the Second Norm. ‘Pulverized. Absolutely,’ said the Third. Then all three of them pointed to the audience and with one voice they cried: ‘This is the task!’

The annual Summer Meeting of Unusual Creatures is usually quite a gentle affair. But this year’s is different. When an ordinary, unmagical boy called Ivo, a hag, a troll and a wizard are given the task of rescuing a princess from an ogre, they quail. They tremble. They consider running away and hiding. Can they be any match for the gruesome, ghastly, flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort? But not all is as it seems. The Ogre is depressed and not in the mood for eating anyone. What’s more, the princess doesn’t even WANT to be rescued. So the bossy Norms, who rule over everyone, decide to take things in hand once and for all – and send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done properly… With all her classic hallmarks, this Eva Ibbotson fantasy is a marvellously magical tour-de-force from a born storyteller.

“Deliciously entertaining.” Guardian

“Readers of classic children’s fiction will be familiar with the bliss that steals over one when a new Eva Ibbotson novel is published… How our heroes withstand the siege of Oglefort castle is an adventure strewn with misunderstandings, mistakes and magic.” Amanda Craig, The Times

Product Details






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

February 4th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.1; Middle years; 8.0 points



UK edition


Eva Ibbotson

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  1. Eleanor
    on 13 October 2021


    This was a riveting and fun fantasy adventure book

    5 out of 5

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What kids think

  1. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    I like how they make the ogre good. Its really funny.

  2. Fifi44
    on 15 January 2013

    it was really good but I didn’t get absolutely gripped by it

    4 out of 5
  3. 01935706689
    on 11 June 2012

    i loved this book it was an amazingly wierd book. if i were u i would read it now. it is that good !!!!

    5 out of 5
  4. smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    This book is awesome, It’s just the cover pic that’s disgusting! * * * * *

  5. Superboy38
    on 5 March 2011

    It is a great book. It is about a crew trying to rescue princess Mirella.

    5 out of 5