The Odious Ogre

The Odious Ogre

Book - 2010
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An ogre terrorizes villages until he meets a friendly villager.
Publisher: New York : Michael Di Capua Books/Scholastic, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545162029
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Feiffer, Jules. - Illustrator


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FindingJane Aug 14, 2017

“The Odious Ogre” is an amusing play on manners, responsibility and courage. The titular beast is a powerful creature, but a lazy one. His easy victories cause him to believe his mighty voice, warrior face and ill temper will be enough to cow his prey. But he’s met his match when one nameless girl lays the full force of her sweet personality on him.

This picture book features the familiar drawings of Jules Feiffer; they tend towards bold outlines rather than nuanced drawings. But his is a well-known style. The moment you see it, you just know: that’s Feiffer.

But it’s the story itself that mildly tickles the funnybone. It serves in both silly and serious fashion. The terrible ogre is a figure of fun, a strawman who is literally and figuratively cut down to size by the one person who refuses to be cowed by him. It also brings home the subtle message of never losing your manners or your temper. It’s a cute yet object lesson of how good manners, kindness and graciousness can win the day when brute force fails.


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