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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, send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done… With all her classic hallmarks, this Eva Ibbotson fantasy is a marvellously magical tour-de-force from a born storyteller.

“Deliciously entertaining.” Guardian

“This kind of fun will never fail to delight.” Philip Pullman

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

129503 eva ibbotson 1 305842


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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

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

  2. Evie 113313

    on 15 January 2013

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

    4out of 5
  3. Gruffalo 113679

    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 !!!!

    5out of 5
  4. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2012

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

  5. Avatar alien 761705

    on 5 March 2011

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

    5out of 5