Books by Lise Lunge-Larsen

SEVEN WAYS TO TRICK A TROLL by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"It's not hard to sympathize with the trolls—once one gets past their personal habits and dietary preferences, anyway. (source notes) (Folk tales. 8-11)"
A fresh gathering of trollish tales and lore from a veteran storyteller and folklorist. Read full book review >
GIFTS FROM THE GODS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2011

"A quick skim of the subject—readable, but unsystematic and not well served by either the art or the dusty closing bibliography. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Countering the notion that our language just sprang into existence from nowhere, a respected storyteller offers quick notes on the Classical backgrounds behind several dozen words or expressions in common use. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF THOR THE THUNDER GOD by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2007

Billing Thor as the Vikings' favorite god, because he was "the biggest, strongest and bravest," a veteran talespinner smoothly retells five of his better-known exploits, from feeding a poor family on two goats that magically reconstitute themselves in the morning to getting his stolen hammer back by impersonating the goddess Freya. Read full book review >
NOAH’S MITTENS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Notes from the author include information about the history of felt as well as recommended titles on felt-making. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This version of the Noah's Ark story creatively expands the basic structure, seeking to explain how Noah discovered the process of making wool felt from his sheep. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"It's very easy to see elves, gnomes, and dwarves being comfortable in such places. (source note, references) (Folktales. 5-9)"
These very brief tales offer insight and warning: where you might find the hidden folk, how to treat them, and what might happen if you use them badly. Read full book review >
THE RACE OF THE BIRKEBEINERS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The oversized format offers many full-bleed spreads with text set against icy blue snow or sky, and full pages of text bordered with Scandinavian designs reminiscent of richly embroidered ribbon. (author's note, bibliography) (Folktale. 5-9)"
Norwegian-born storyteller Lunge-Larsen (The Troll With No Heart in His Body, 1999, etc.) and Caldecott Medalist Azarian (A Gardener's Alphabet, 2000, etc.) combine their considerable talents to retell a dramatic true story of the Norwegian Birkebeiners ("Birchleggers"), a group of medieval peasant warriors who wrapped birchbark around their legs in lieu of armor before going into battle. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's an appealing collection: varied but not too long, spiced with danger, heroism, humorous moments, and violence that's toned—not watered—down. (bibliography) (Folklore. 10-13)"
Not surprisingly, trolls come off second best in all but one of these nine stories. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1999

"The accompanying watercolors, with flowing lines, jewel tones, and decorative motifs, give stately credence to the story's iconic aspects. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Lunge-Larsen and Preus debut with this story of a flower that blooms for the first time to commemorate the uncommon courage of a girl who saves her people from illness. Read full book review >