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Trollbella Throws a Party: A Tale from the Land of Stories

(The Land of Stories Companion Picture Book)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  403 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
A companion picture book to the Land of Stories Series.

Trollbella is set for a Spring 2015 release and will be based on a tale from The Land of Stories.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2017)
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David Schaafsma
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #17 of 2017.

I feel I have to acknowledge that the family rating and view of this book is an outlier, statistically, since it has a very high overall rating, but we are going to stand by it. I even asked told everyone how off we were, and Tara even lowered her rating, on second
Jul 25, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Trollbella is really funny!
Meg McGregor
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trollbella reminds me very much of the little ones I have watched over the years! She is intelligent, inquisitive, fun-loving and a little selfish! After all, being the Queen, the world does revolve around her! At least in her opinion!

When she decides to throw her very best birthday party yet, she goes all out!


a. orders a cake that is so tall she needs a ladder to blow out the candles.

b. hires a clown, a magician, a face painter, and a band of goblin musicians.

c. brings in a petting zoo
Kristine Hansen
Although this is lavishly illustrated and a lot of fun to look at, there's not a lot new to the idea of a selfish rich kid throwing herself a party and then realizing it's not as much fun as she thought. I agree with some other reviewer's thoughts, that she's still being bossy by the end of the book, and hasn't really done much for her subjects, or even showed more than a passing interest in them.

On the other hand I do love the rainbow kitties. :)

What bothered me most were the mermaids in the pe
HP Fan
Oct 18, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be so funny.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hope Chris Colfer continues to write books for kids. This book had a great message, an adorable story, and awesome illustrations (complements to Brandon Dorman). Trollbella is having a birthday. And she can buy herself anything she wants, but she can't buy fun. That she will have to find on her own. A great book for now, and for future generations.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but predictable and underwhelming.
May 22, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, fantasy
I'm so glad this series is expanding!
Maxwell Rae
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first ever book I’ve read (heard?) as an audiobook. It was supposed to come with a file of illustrations, but I don’t think the library I borrowed it from made this available for download. I had to listen to it without pictures which is really disappointing, especially seeing as my library doesn’t even have a real life copy of it. I really wanted to read this book as it was nominated for Best Picture Book of 2017. I then found out it is a spin off of a series of books for older child ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to read any of Chris Colfer's books in the Land of Stories chapter book series, but I loved this picture book. The illustrations were fabulous. I really felt transported into the fantastical world of goblins and trolls. In this tale, the queen, named Trollbella, throws herself the most incredible birthday party. She has a massive cake, tons of presents, clowns, musicians, magicians, rides, and more. But she can't seem to enjoy any of it. The catch is: there are no guests. It's not unt ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s Trollbella’s birthday so she celebrates by throwing a party, only she isn’t having any fun at her party. Thinking she is too old for parties, when she meets a goblin boy who turns everything around for her. This story was wonderfully written, and wonderfully illustrated. The message in this story was so beautiful and it was executed so well. Colfer is seriously a master of his craft; not only can he write middle grade books, but this picture book was so heartwarming and just outstanding. Th ...more
The Brothers
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trollbella has just created the most fantastic birthday party for herself with the BEST cake, the MOST presents, the GREATEST entertainment, and yet... she still doesn't get in happiness from it. It feels like something is still missing. Only when she spies a wayward goblin enjoying her party does she realize she needs to someone to share her experience with in order to make it worthwhile.

Illustrations are lovely.
Bree Marks
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Colfer brings another side of the Troblin queen to life. Trollbella learns it's better to share what you have and have friends to share it with.

The art work is done once again by Brandon Dorman. He does a wonderful, vivid job bringing to life the images of the Troblin kingdom.

Once again the tale teaches a lesson, just as all of Colfers' stories and tales. Venturing into children's story books is a natural step for him to make.
Cristina García
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm 18 turning 19 and I don't even care. It's a tale, I'm an "adult" and I don't care.
This was fun and sweet. The pictures are amazing. The story is good, definitely teaching something to little kids, like with "The Curvy Tree" (that was my favourite). I will definitely read it to my future nephews and nieces (and my kids if I have) one day. They will just have to bear with their auntie reading in English. 😝
And I definitely want a litter of rainbow kittens!
Eventually I will be reading the first book in Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series. I saw that he had two picture books so I decided to get a taste of it before diving in later.

I have to say, I was a little disappointed with this one. The character of Trollbella was cute (could have come up with a better name, I think) but the ending? Just sort of cut off. Like, there could have been more to the story.

I really hope the rest of the books aren't like this.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read children's books, but I read anything Chris Colfer writes. I think I really would have liked this book when I was a child. It's a nice little story with a common, nevertheless important, message. Considering it's a children's picture book I think it is quite good. The illustrations are pretty!
Jess Verzello
I enjoyed the message that happiness is best found when sharing with friends. The illustrations were also colorful and engaging, really bringing this fantasy world to life. However, something just doesn't sit right with me that Trollbella never bothered to ask the goblin boy's name or possibly improve the quality of life for her subjects.
Vona Bowling
Cute little picture book of a character from the Land of Stories. I assumed it was going to be a chapter book when I downloaded it, but found it to be the picture book. It's sweet - Trollbella learns to care for others and not just herself.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another pull-out story from The Land of Stories novels. Trobella is having a birthday party and thinks that having wonderful presents, a cake, and carnival like rides will make her happy. What really makes her happy is giving to others.
Christine Turner
Subject: Parties -- Juvenile fiction.
Queens -- Juvenile fiction.
Birthdays -- Juvenile fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc -- Juvenile fiction.
Generosity -- Juvenile fiction.
Trolls -- Juvenile fiction.
Dawn Rutherford
Mermaids in a petting zoo creeps me out.

I'm pretty skeptical of picture book companions to chapter book series. This did not change my mind.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Way to long for storytime and the story doesn't flow well in my opinion.
Riley Finley
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh i love love love this book!!!!! So this book not only has amazing pictures, I loved the two headed dog most(: ! And this book teachs kids a valuable lesson so!!
Jenn O'Brien
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A clever, imaginative story with excellent illustrations, I only wished the story had not ended so abruptly.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Such a great message in this picture book adaptation. Stunning illustrations. A perfect addition to celebrating my little one's 3rd birthday.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was a fun book, but too short! I wanted more. :)
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troll girl throws herself a birthday, but finds that she cannot enjoy it without sharing the fun with other people.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this knowing nothing of Colfer's world. The morals are sound and the illustrations are nice.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute
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Chris Colfer is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor best-known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the FOX television series "Glee".

He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the "Land of Stories" series ("The Wishing Spell", "The Enchantress Returns" and "A Grimm Warning") as well as "Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal"

Other books in the series

The Land of Stories (6 books)
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