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The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster
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bookshelves: picture-books, humor, vocabulary
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An odious ogre who has terrorized a neighborhood for years meets his match in a young girl who literally kills him with kindness. Her deliberate misinterpretation of his actions and unfailing politeness prove his undoing. Nice use of language in this one: as in describing the ogre "He was, it was widely believed, extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless." And in his own mind, he is "invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, insurmountable."
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