All fairy tales have characters that are unkind and downright gross, and in this story, a goblin and a troll fight over who is worse. They encounter various people on their journey who answer the question for them, but then they have an unexpected encounter with a well-known fairy tale character.
This book could be used with older children to study synonyms:
~nastiest and horrible
~hideous and grotesque
~grossest and disgusting
There is a lot of humor in the story, but it’s not particularly appropriate for younger children, as it sets a poor example for them. It shows them it’s okay to belittle people, and it teaches them some not-so-pleasant activities like picking your nose and pointing it at people, blowing raspberries at people, and making noises with your hand and armpit.