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by David Sinden,Guy Macdonald,Jonny Duddle,Matthew Morgan

It's A Troll Hunt! When a messenger bat arrives at the RSPCB, boy-werewolf Ulf receives a warning that beasts are in trouble in the wild. Unaware of the danger he is facing, Ulf soon uncovers foul play: A rare colony of trolls is being smoked out from their caves to be used as game in an evil beast-hunting preserve. It's up to Ulf to save the day!
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ISBN: 1416986510
ISBN13: 978-1416986515
Category: Children
Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Author: David Sinden,Guy Macdonald,Jonny Duddle,Matthew Morgan
Language: English
Publisher: Aladdin (September 15, 2009)
Pages: 208 pages
ePUB size: 1364 kb
FB2 size: 1127 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 787
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Rocky Basilisk
This is the third book in "An Awfully Beastly Business" series. I didn't read the first two books, but received this copy through the Amazon Vine program. It was an okay book and is meant for a young audience. It would be fine to start with this book, the authors provided enough backstory that you don't need to read the previous two books to figure out what is going on.

Ulf is a werewolf who works at the RSPCB (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts). When the RSPCB receives a message from one of their spotters that only reads "HELP!" Dr. Fielding and the giant Orson take off to check it out. Ulf, not wanting to be left behind, stows away in the cargo area of the helicopter with his fairy friend Tiana. Ends up someone is abusing some trolls and it is up to the RSPCB to help those trolls out!

Keep in mind I am an adult reading this book. I actually read quite a few book meant for the age 8-12 set as well as young adult books. Somehow though the dialogue in this book came across as very childlike and dumbed down. The sentences are kept very short and simple, which resulted in the characters sounding kind of clipped and unnatural. The pace of the book is brisk. Ulf goes from one dangerous scene to the next, with not much time for scenic detail or internal character thoughts. All the characters act how you expect them to and events progress how you would expect them to; no surprises here.

There are a lot of interesting beasties presented. They are almost always talked about in passing, with not much time spent on learning more about any of them. Many of the things Ulf deals with are pretty stereotypical; there is a giant spider in the cave, the evil people are poachers with personalities you've seen in similar characters. There are also some very funny illustrations throughout the book which did add a lot to the story.

I personally thought that the story, characters, etc were okay but nothing too exciting. When I try to step back and look at this from a 8-12 year old point of view; I think I would have enjoyed all the crazy beasties and the action. Still there are better books out there in the 8-12 age range. For example Fablehaven targets this same age group and is a much better and more complicated story, as is The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1). This book is also extremely short I finished it in under an hour. The whole time I just got the feeling that this book was meant for children even younger than 8. The print is very big, the book very short, and the language and plot extremely simple.

In summary, this might be an okay quick read for younger children. Don't expect something that will change your child's life, this is a "just for fun" type of read. If you or your kid are really into this type of fantasy I strongly recommend Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Fablehaven has a complex plot, with wonderful characters, and awesome beasties. I personally won't read any more of this series, but I might keep it around for my son when he gets older to see what his take is on it.
This is the story of a young werewolf named Ulf, who was rescued and brought to the RSPCB (like the ASPCA in our world). There they take care of the beastly monsters of the world since it's now illegal to hunt them. Ulf, who is considered a beast himself, helps out but lived at the Farraway Hall which is the main headquarters of the RSPCB. The adventure takes them to stop the villian of this series of books, Baron Marackai who is hunting trolls. (ahem, they truly show that humans can be monsters in this by the evilness of the Baron).

The writing of this book was well done, an easy read and I'm assuming for 10-13 year olds... I could be wrong but it feels like a preteen book. The pictures are well done and they give just enough background that you don't have to read the earlier books in the series, but having not read them myself it would make more sense to read them in order to see why Ulf and the Baron hate each other.

The reason this is four stars is that this was a rather violent book. I don't think this would be a huge surprise to those thinking of buying books about monsters and such, but there were a few times I was grossed out (mostly at snot and phlegm) but the whole of this story is about hunting beasts, and I do have to give the authors credit, while the Baron is somewhat stupid, he is evil. Also, the 'heroes' in this book cared more about the lives of monsters than humans (even if the humans in this were 'monsters'), or regular animals so it was a little disappointing to me.

Not a bad story, but I would check out the maturity level of the young reader I gave this too, it could lead to nightmares.
I got this book for my 6th grade son, per the reading levels on the product page. But when I read it first - for this review - I was very surprised by the level of writing. As others have said, it's extremely simplistic and dumbed down. By that I mean both that the plot is simple - there are no layers (this is no Lightning Thief series... make no mistake), and also that the language itself is pretty young. I would estimate that any second grader could easily read this book.

It's your basic kid-friendly saga: Werewolf Boy (who is friends with a fairy and a giant) goes on an exciting adventure to rescue other creatures (in this case, trolls) from evil literally mustache twirling villains. Lots of hijinks and physical 'comedy' ensue. There are many weapons (real and fictional), and lots of things like secret hatches and pedal carts and passageways and tunnels and etc. In this way, it reminds me of a kids' cartoon: every time someone is in peril, some cool piece of equipment (or some cool creature with extra powers) pops up to save the day. And of course, the god guys prevail over the well-armed bad guys.

I gave it to my 6th grader, expecting him to say it was too young. But he loved it! He read it in about 2 hours, and asked for the first 2 books in the series. I was surprised he loved it (it's what made me give this book 4 stars - since he is the intended audience)... but maybe the violence/physical comedy are appealing to boys on any level - or maybe 6th graders need an easy read sometimes in their busy Middle School Lives.

Bottom Line: A very easy read but with classic child-appealing tropes. Probably best suited to boys aged 7-11.