Ogres are interesting characters. They first started out as mean, evil creatures that only cared about themselves and did lots of cruel disgusting things. Then there was Shrek who helped us see ogres from a different angle. Shrek showed us that ogres can be kind and friendly sometimes.
You have them in books, television, movies, etc. Out of all these places the best place to find them is in books. Ogre story books where you get to see the lives of ogres and their surroundings and you get to enjoy them can entertain you again and again.
Below is a list of 5 ogre story books children will enjoy reading:-
1. The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson and Lisa K. Weber
Ages 9 and up
A Hag runs a lodge where witches, wizards, and other similar beings that are going through a rough patch in life, stay. Here in this place, the hag, a wizard, a troll and an orphaned boy Ivo team up and decided to go on a mission to rescue a Princess Mirella from an evil ogre.
On reaching Oglefort, which is the place where Princess Mirella is held by the ogre. They realize that the ogre isn’t mean at all. In fact he’s a very nice person and he needs their help.
The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson is one great entertaining book. This book can be adored by children and adults. It’s got everything children enjoy reading fantasy, adventure, magic and comedy. Eva Ibbotson has successfully made ogres funny and entertaining in The Ogre of Oglefort. You should read this book, if you like ogres.
2. Thorn Ogres of Hagwood by Robin Jarvis
Ages 12 and up
Seven year old Gamaliel Tumpin is a werling who lives in Hagwood. The werlings are shape-shifters. They have the ability to transform into other beings. Gamaliel Tumpin attends his first werling school where he is taught how to change his form onto other beings. Here Gamaliel and the other students get attacked by Frighty Aggie who is a dangerous spider-like creature. And Frighty Aggie is not the only creature the werlings have to worry about…
Thorn Ogres of Hagwood by Robin Jarvis is a wonderful book. Robin Jarvis does a great job in creating wonderful characters which live in a beautiful magical world. The characters are both well developed and entertaining. Also as the title of the article and the book mentions it, this book has got ogres. You should read this book if you love fantasy and magical worlds.
3. Ogres of Ohio by Johnathan Rand
Ages 9 and up
Danielle and Derek move to Ohio, with their father, as he has been transferred there. Here they start exploring their new house. They look around every bit of the house and find out more about it. During these home explorations they come across a magical door which leads into a new world. In this new world they find ogres, many of them.
Ogres of Ohio by Johnathan Rand, is a wonderful fantasy tale. The book is filled with page turners. You will not be able to stop yourself from turning a page after you finish reading one. The fantasy world he has created is beautiful with entertaining characters especially the ogres. You should read this book if you like ogres.
4. Ogre, Ogre by Piers Anthony
Ages 9 and up
Smash a half-ogre travels to Good Magician Humphrey to get his question answered. The problem is that he doesn’t know his question yet. On reaching there he gets an answer from Good Magician Humphrey anyway. Smash is asked by Good Magician Humphrey to travel to the Ancestral Ogres. In exchange to this answer from Good Humphrey, Smash is to take Tandy, a half-nymph with him and guard her. So Smash and Tandy set off on their journey…
Ogre, Ogre by Piers Anthony is the fifth book of the Xanth series which consists of more than 27 books till now. All the stories occur in the beautiful world of Xanth which is filled with humans, nymphs, ogres, demons, dragons, goblins, zombies and many other characters.
Ogre, ogre focuses on Smash, a good ogre and Tandy, a half-nymph, both of them wonderful loving characters any reader would enjoy finding out more about. And once you finish reading Ogre, Ogre, you will not be able to stop yourself from reading the entire Xanth series.
5. Island of Ogres by Lensey Namioka
Ages 9 and up
Itoh Kajiro a young samurai is sent from Japan to a small island as a spy, so that he can secretly retrieve information about the lord of the island. On reaching the island he is mistakenly introduced as Konishi Zenta, a legendary warrior. Kajiro decides to go with the name as he feels that it is the perfect cover. After villagers get to know that he is the great Konishi Zenta they ask him to help them get rid of the ogres that have been troubling them…
Island of Ogres by Lensey Namioka is an easy to read entertaining book. As the above paragraph suggests it is not just an action packed book, but also a book full of mysteries. If you like reading books filled with adventure and mystery you should read this book. Also as the name of the book suggests you do have ogres.
Have you read any of the above books? Which one’s your favourite? Are there any Ogre books I have missed out?