The Terrible Troll-Bird
Written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
One summer's eve Ola, Lina, Sina, and Trina leave their village to gather firewood in the forest, when they're surprised by the hideous call of the terrible troll-bird, a giant rooster who pops up out of the treetops and swoops down to devour their beloved horse Blakken. Little does the terrible troll-bird know that he has finally met his match: his terrible days of terrorizing are over.
Hardcover, 52 pages
The d’Aulaires have...created magical, luminous illustrations that capture the humor of this Norwegian folk tale.
— School Library Journal
Another standard from the Caldecott Award-winning d’Aulaires, The Terrible Troll-Bird (also first published in 1955), tells how a group of Norwegian villagers defeated the titular avian (effectively a huge rooster intent on stealing livestock) and its owners, a pair of nasty trolls.
— Publishers Weekly