Northland Natives Bring Trolls to Life in Children's Book

November 08, 2017 07:40 AM

To defeat an opponent, it's helpful to know their weaknesses, and that's apparently the case with trolls, too. "Seven Ways to trick A troll" is a children's book that involves eight mini-stories involving children and trolls. The book was written by Lise Lunge-Larsen of Duluth, with illustrations by Kari Vick of Lutsen.

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Lunge-Larsen says trolls are her specialty.

"I am a troll expert, " she says.

This book is actually the second that she's written about the mythical creature. She says stories about trolls can be scary for children, unless the solution to the scariness is obvious to the child. In "Seven Ways to trick A troll," Lunge-Larsen focuses on children finding weaknesses in the troll.

"To defeat a troll, you kinda have to be its' opposite," she says.

The beautiful illustrations in the book are the result of inspiration from overseas. Vick explains she visited Norway to go "troll-hunting."

"They are of the land. Once you get your troll eyes on, you can see them everywhere," she says.

Folks can find this fun book in local places like Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais, Zenith Bookstore, and the Bookstore at Fitgers

Lune-Larsen explains their being sold at a number of other bookstores and galleries in the area as well. 

If you'd like to see the author and illustrator in person, they have a couple book signings coming up:

Nov. 24 North Shore Winery, Duluth, 1 - 3 p.m

Dec. 2 & 3 Julebyen Christmas Village, Knife River, all day

Dec. 9 Siiviis Gallery, Duluth, 1 - 3 p.m.


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