Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill


An ogress lived in the woods on her own.  When she found a rundown farm, she decided to settle there.  She created a periscope so she could look at the town.  That's how she found the orphanage and the children who lived there.

Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 8th.

The Mayor of the town was a dragon who took on a human skin and pretended to be human.  He caused a lot of problems.

The ogress baked, cooked and shared her food she grew on her farm.  It was appreciated by everyone.  But when one of the orphans decides to leave so there will be enough food for the others, she gets lost.  The ogress finds her and returns her to the orphanage.  The Mayor says she stole the child and gets the people in town to go against her.

The ogress gets her feelings hurt and goes home.  The children in the orphanage try to cheer her up.  And soon they work on the townspeople.  Desserts put them in a good mood and they didn't want her to leave now.

There are crows, cats, and sheep in the story.  The ending is great.  This was a good read.

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