Trolle is teased and bothered by the other trolls, but one day he comes across the King of the Fairies' violin, which is lying sparkling in a forest clearing. He realises that the instrument is magic – anyone who hears it falls into the power of the fiddler. Now Trolle is not only accepted, but worshipped! But one night the troll flock escape from his spell. Trolle is back where he started, lonelier than ever.
Luckily, Alva appears. She tries to get Trolle to understand that he can never be happy as long as he has the fiddle. At the same time, they have to keep their friendship secret, because in Alva's village everybody wants to destroy the trolls. As if that were not enough: The Fairy King is out looking for his fiddle and will do anything to get it back.
Trolle og den magiske fela combines Alexander Rybak's musical skills with his love of the Norwegian folk tale tradition. Along with the book you will find a CD of Rybak's songs, all related to the story in the book.
‘The story-book with illustrations and the audio-book with actors’ voices and original music constitute an entire little universe. Thomas Kirkeberg the illustrator playfully, elegantly and unobtrusively portrays Trolle with some resemblance to the fiddle magician Rybak himself. He uses bold colours and expressive figures with big eyes and generous gestures, reminiscent of cheerful and fast-moving animation films … Alexander Rybak is a gifted artist with many talents. This publication is very much in the spirit of his work; a joyful composition with an interesting artistic core.’
'With the fairy-tale inspired ’Trolle og den magiske fela,’ violinist and musician Alexander Rybak emerges as a calm and clever author, who has mastered language as another instrument.'
'Now violinist and fiddler Alexander Rybak is also debuting as a children’s book writer, with the fairy-tale inspired Trolle og den magiske fela He presents himself as a warm and smart narrator who also commands language as an instrument. ... Rybak makes the material into his own. He forges an economical and action-packed tale that balances the familiar with the new. Trolle og den magiske fela offers an entertaining and enjoyable read, and reminds us that ‘friendship is the strongest and most magical thing that can be found.'
'Rybak’s fairytale-like story is a bit rambling, but imaginative. There is a drive in the story that is enhanced by cliff-hangers – in which the reader is lured on to the next chapter.'
'Bullying, loneliness, friendship and being different are among the themes. They are well described.'
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