Study Guide

Match in Here Be Monsters! An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures; The Ratbridge Chronicles Volume 1

By Alan Snow

Match

This is the tiny boxtroll that Willbury buys off Gristle. He speaks by making "squeaking sounds" and he is comforted by the objects the big boxtrolls give him: he "picked up the nut and bolt, kissed them, and gave them a hug" (11.37). Aw? When the big critters are kidnapped, Match is pretty traumatized, but he seems relieved when Arthur picks him up and gives him some familiar items: "Match took the nut and bolt and snuggled into Arthur's palm" (15.16). Pro tip: If you want to get in good with Match, be sure to bring your toolbox.