Hamilton Troll & the Big Race

Author: Kathleen J. Shields | Illustrators: Leigh A. Klug, Carol W. Bryant


A cute story with a lovely rhythm. I’m always a bit wary of rhyming books – it seems words are often forced to make a rhyme work. While there were a couple instances of this (e.g. “into the evening night” – a bit redundant), overall, the story flowed well within the rhyme and there were few superfluous or forced words.

It’s a story that I think kids will enjoy.


Lovely, fun, and colorful with lots of interesting detail. Each picture is well planned to fit text properly. The text is clearly legible, and the bold font was a good choice.


Cute, engaging, colorful. I might have liked something that reflected a “big race” more, but this works well.

Text treatment is strong and easily legible, though the hodgepodge of fonts tends to make the design feel a bit more cluttered than I’d like.


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