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Troll

Troll トロル

Troll is a team consisting of writer Yōko Tanaka (1976–) and illustrator Masahide Fukasawa (1981–). Together they produce picture books, illustrations, and application graphics for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Their first picture book, Oshiri tantei (The Bum Detective), has expanded into a multi-volume series. The Bum Detective behaves like a perfect English gentleman, except that his face looks like a butt, and he blows farts from his face! He is very kind to ladies and likes tea and sweet-potato cakes. He often says, “I smell trouble,” and solves it. Other titles in the picture-book series include Oshiri tantei: Pupu! Reinbō daiya o sagase (The Bum Detective: Find the Rainbow-Colored Diamond), Oshiri tantei: Pupu! Chiisana shochō no dai-pinchi (The Bum Detective: The Little Police Chief’s Big Problem), Oshiri tantei: Pupu! Kieta obentō no nazo (The Bum Detective: The Mystery of the Missing Lunch), and Oshiri tantei: Pupu! Ōdorobō arawaru! (The Bum Detective: The Case of the Brazen Thief). Troll also produces a companion series of readers targeted at the lower grades of elementary school, called Oshiri tantei fairu (The Bum Detective Files), which includes Oshiri tantei: Murasaki fujin no angō jiken (The Bum Detective: Lady Purple and the Secret Code).

Books by Troll
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    The Bum Detective

    The Bum Detective behaves like a perfect English gentleman, except that his face looks like a butt, and he blows farts from his face! He is very kind to ladies and likes tea and sweet-potato cakes. He often says, “I smell trouble,” and solves it. In t …

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    The Bum Detective: Lady Purple and the Secret Code

    The Bum Detective series so popular among the picture-book set now has a companion in this illustrated chapter-book series targeted at elementary-age children. This is the first volume in the series and contains two all-new stories. In the title work, th …

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    The Bum Detective: The Case of the Brazen Thief

    This is the fifth installment in the Oshiri tantei (The Bum Detective) series of picture books featuring a detective with a face like a butt and a brilliant deductive mind. A cat burglar who styles himself “Master Thief U” brazenly gives advance warn …

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    The Bum Detective: Master Thief vs. Gumshoe

    This is the fourth volume of the Oshiri tantei (The Bum Detective) series of illustrated books featuring a detective with a face like a butt and a brilliant deductive mind, who is also known for being kind to the ladies. Woven into the fabric of the two s …

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