Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Black Bull of Norroway

Hi Friends!


Welcome to another Perfect Picture Book Friday or  PPBF today. Fall is really here now in mid – October. Perfect for a fairy tale and I have the perfect  one for you. Did you eat your fill of the something  chocolate over at Susanna Leonard  Hill’s? Where all the other participants of Perfect Picture Book Friday go to collect their reviews by theme and categorized in order? If not,   go fill up, come back, and read this one.

The Black Bull of Norroway book cover

The Black Bull of Norroway book cover

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Black Bull of Norroway

Title: The Black Bull of Norroway

Author/ illustrator: Charlotte Huck/ Anita Lobel

Publishing info: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2001

Theme : A retelling of a Scottish tale set in Norway, Girl Power, fairy tale,

Summary : ‘Long ago in Norway, three sisters were talking about marriage. The eldest wanted titles and money. Peggy Ann, the youngest, only wanted a kind husband who loved her. “I’d even be content with the Black Bull of Norroway,” she said. And so begins a classic fairy tale of enchantment, adventure, bravery, loyalty and love. Charlotte Huck’s spunky heroine and Anita Lobel’s lush paintings combine to create an experience to be savored over many readings.”


Resources: a free study guide if you belong to kindle unlimited is here :

And for a teachers guide you pay for go here:

Content for University of  Oklahoma  for a course in Mythology and fairy tales is here:

Wikisource calls it a Blue Fairy Tale and you can learn more by going here  :

And Why  I  love this book:  I love this  book because of the art. Anita Nobel really captures the story and gives a magical feel to it. I Love the story because it was about girls. It really is a Girl Power! Girls instead of boys leaving home to find their fortunes and husbands instead of their brides. And the one who says she would marry for love really did. She showed loyalty and love by sticking with the bull, doing him a kindness, thereby breaking the evil spell and he turns into a prince. Then losing him again and after a long hard journey finding him again and finally marrying him. This is a fairy book that could be an archetype for modern romances.

Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!

And my books?

Annie’s Special Day and Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. Check out the reviews!! 🙂

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke



About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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13 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Black Bull of Norroway

  1. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    This one looks interesting. Of course, I like stories like this one. We’ll see if we can find a copy at our library.


  2. Wow, talk about “instant classic.” ‘Can’t wait to get my hands on this. Thanks.


  3. I love tales from Norway. This one is very unique with it’s wonderful themes. And the illustrations do sound magical!


  4. So nice to have a tale on the PPBF list! And Greenwillow makes great books – no surprise with Anita Lobel though!


  5. Margot Finke says:

    Aha. . . GIRL POWER! Young girls today really do need to grasp the rewards of developing girl power. And Norway is the perfect place to launch from. What a team Charlotte Huck and Anita Lobel make. The perfect PB happens when writer and illustrator create magic together–and these two wave a delightful magic wand. Girl Power Rules!!

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  6. Joanna says:

    I also am a big fan of Anita Lobel’s art. We don’t read many books these days from Norway, so that is a cool addition too.


  7. This sounds lovely! Thanks, Clar!


  8. Sounds like a wonderful book. I like that it is about girls!


  9. Jarm Del Boccio says:

    Oooh. . . This sounds like a lovely adventure of a fairy tale! Good choice.


  10. I love all these fairy tales you find, Clar! This one looks terrific – I love the girl power angle! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂


  11. Joanne Sher says:

    Sounds delightful Clar! Will have to give it a look. Thanks!


  12. Looks like a lovely tale indeed! Thanks Ms BJ!


  13. Great review! This sounds awesome! 😀


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