Book Review: Petronella and the Trogot by Cheryl Bentley


Petronella & The Trogot

Publisher: Sparkling Books

Publication Date: October 01 2012

Genre: Fiction/Children’s

ISBN: 9781907230455

A netgalley e-book received in return for an honest review

Petronella moves to Charis Cottage hidden in the thick dark woods at the bottom of a track on the outskirts of Fort Willow. Everything is perfect. Except for one thing. Since she moved an enormous black tree has appeared in her back garden in the shape of a giant with a big black circle on the ground under it. Petronella finds out it is a deep pit and is terrified to go near its ridge. But one night…

How is the tree linked to:

  • The creepy night-time visits by the Hooded Horseman?
  • The boy ghost, Percy, Petronella finds in her bed one night?
  • The invasion of ghosts of the ancient Strincas population all over Fort Willow?

The author

Cheryl Bentley is from Bedford. She spent many a happy hour of her childhood reading and sucking sweets by the banks of the River Ouse or in the home of her carer Marian. She has a degree in English from the University of London. By day she works, by night she writes.

My Review

I loved this book.

The plot was unique to me and the creatures were amazing, there is no need for illustrations as the description of the characters is so good that they leap into your imagination in picture form.

This book has mild horror, adventure, and morality which all work so well together.  The main character – Petronella – becomes a much loved focus of the book and the change in the village is masterfully worked.   Some children may find the old english speech of some of the characters hard to adjust to but I am sure that they will get there in the end.  This does make distinction between the modern time people and the ancient characters much easier.

I would be delighted to read more by this author as I found this book totally enthralling and give it a star rating of 5/5 – I loved it.

~ by adelesymonds on August 9, 2012.

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