Billy Goats Gruff: The Origin
Join Billy Goats Gruff for an adventure of epic proportions!
This is the legendary story of three billy goats who set out in search of utopia. The journey was preserved by generations through Scandinavian folklore. Even so, this fabled tale of good and evil is only part of a greater adventure, which was lost. It has now been found, and the saga of the three goats is finally available in its entirety.
“A thoughtful and engaging tale that uses the fable of the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” to probe philosophical questions which are deeply relevant for our times.”
“Billy Goats Gruff is a delightful tale of three brothers with distinct personalities who gain valuable life lessons as they come of age on their adventure. Steeped in rich Scandanavian folklore, Roar Alexander Mikalsen’s novella can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. . . . If you’re looking for a short adventure story about siblings and growing up, then Billy Goats Gruff is just the book for you.”
–Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite–
“Roar Mikalsen weaves a tale of myth and magic, complete with undertones of equity and harmony. Billy Goats Gruff continues to explore layers of meaning, and . . . is for anyone who has ever wondered what it really means to resolve wrongs and live happily ever after.”
–Cecelia Hopkins for Readers’ Favorite–
“Billy Goats Gruff: The Origin by Roar Alexander Mikalsen . . . expands the universe of Billy Goats Gruff with complex ideas, and for that reason, it is more suited for teens and older readers. It is an interesting twist which in some ways reflects current society while still retaining its mythological background.”
–Bruce Arrington for Readers’ Favorite–
“As with the shorter version, there is an underlying message of empowerment in Roar Alexander Mikalsen’s retelling in Billy Goats Gruff, but the added layering modernizes the message in compelling ways. The choices that the three goats face reach beyond the mere confrontation with a bully. It also looks at the many faces of courage, examines the power of compassion, and the yearning for redemption. Each billy goat is blessed with different strengths and weaknesses. . . . As each goat might represent a different stage in a child’s development and emotional landscape, their thoughts and actions will give young readers the chance to grow into the story and to grow with it.”
–Carine Engelbrecht for Readers’ Favorite–
“The lives of the three goats and the allegorical meaning behind their journey is sure to fascinate intended readers and keep them at the edges of their seats as they read on. We especially enjoyed the worldbuilding in the novel, and the various layers of animals, myths, and magic that make up this universe.”
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