by Conn Iggulden, illustrated by Lizzie Duncan
Harper Collins. Junior, Fantasy, Australian. Hardback rrp $27.99
This book is strong and bold but the stories inside are pure magic for young children aged 5 years to 10 years. And beyond.
Tollins; Explosive Tales for Children is a book of three stories about Tollins, which are a rare species that live at the bottom of our gardens. Or for those who don’t have a garden they probably live in the pot plant that has been forgotten in the corner of the room.
Tollins are often described as fairies but this is not correct. Firstly, fairies only come up to about a Tollins’ knee. Secondly, Tollins are not delicate or fragile. “They are about as fragile as a house brick.” People assume Tollins are like fairies because they have wings and humans normally can’t see these beings, although in Book 1, “How to Blow Up Tollins” humans do find a way to see, capture and use Tollins.
This book will suit the child who loves adventure, a bit of mischief and a dash of danger. Inside its pages are not only wonderful stories, but explorative maps of Tollins country and imaginative drawings of each of the main Tollins characters. There is even more interactive fun for kids at the http://www.savethetollins.com/ website where you get to help Ollie Collins save Tollins’. My daughter has saved 20 Tollins so far! How many can you save? Great fun!