Title: The Ogre Bully
Author and Illustrator: A.B. Hoffmire
Publisher: August House
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.6
Concepts: natural resources, human resources, capital resources
Review: Adapted from an old Swedish folktale, The Ogre Bully tells the story of a mean and slow-witted ogre who could not, despite repeated attempts, come out the winner in a set of negotiations with a farmer over the produce. When the ogre demanded the top half of the crop the farmer planted carrots, and when the ogre demanded the bottom half of the crop the farmer planted tomatoes. Even a race to cut the grass went to the farmer, who was smart enough to prevent damage to the cutting tool. Children will laugh at the silly ogre while they get a small dose of economics with the book’s themes of natural, human, and capital resources in farm production.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children