Today, I will be reviewing the fantasy/ folklore novel: The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson, published by the Penguin Group in 2010.
The story starts off with an old Hag, from Dribble, needing to find a new familiar to replace her toad, Gladys. Gladys went on strike right before the summer meeting of unusual creatures was going to gather, finding out what this year’s summer project was going to be. While searching for a new familiar, she met an orphan boy named Ivo, and began telling him all her troubles. Ivo, bored with orphan life, volunteered to be the Hag’s new familiar, and they set off together for the summer meeting. At the summer meeting, three Norns interrupted the gathering, seeking volunteers to kill an ogre and rescue a princess named Mirella. The Hag, Ivo, and friends, journey to the castle of Oglefort to slay the Ogre.
It is hard for me to pick out just one main character from this story. There are many characters that work together, using their special abilities to help rescue the princess. Themes that the author uses throughout this story is: that first impressions aren’t always what they seem, and that it’s best to work together to solve a problem than alone.
The story was okay. It wasn’t one of my favorites. It felt like the author was trying to write a fun, comical story, but I didn’t really find it fun, or funny. I found the story boring, and will not be reading it again. I liked the author’s use of folklore in the story, but I didn’t like the folklore creatures portrayed. Maybe, if it had mermaids I might have liked it more.
I give this novel 2 out of 5 stars.