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The Little Grey Men (Oxford Children's Modern Classics) Paperback – January 1, 2004


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  • Series: Oxford Children's Modern Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192719467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192719461
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…this Carnegie Medal–winner makes a leisurely but finally engaging read–aloud.” (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The late BB's real name was Denys Watkins-Pitchford, 1905-1990.

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Beautiful, captivating and heart-warming.
Kim M-M
The story is an original version of the "quest," filled with beauty and peril, good and evil.
K. Norlander
I highly recommend it to young and old alike!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Norlander on November 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book deserves to be better known. In many ways, it reminds me of The Wind in the Willows -- perhaps because it takes place in England, perhaps because the adventure takes place on a small-animal scale (the main characters are gnomes), perhaps because Pan appears in the book, or perhaps because it is so beautifully written. The story is an original version of the "quest," filled with beauty and peril, good and evil. Like all truly good children's literature, the book will enchant adults as well. It's really too bad this is so obscure; our library didn't have a single copy. I'll be purchasing a few and giving them away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved the details and the descriptions in this book. The author makes everything seem so real and beautiful. It is as if I were there. It gave me a tingly feeling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frederick P. Wilson on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in 1949 (at age 12) when it was the monthly selection of the Junior Literary Guild. I'm 72 and I've just finished reading it for the 5th time. (I've never read a book more than twice except this one). Because of my age, I've just sent my copy on to a family with young children. It may be the best children's book ever written. It has wonderfully descriptive writing, lessons to be learned from life (Think about the "Bambi" movie), and a splendid ending. It really needs to be read to children because of the dated (1940's) wording and because it was written in England and so many words and phrases may need to be explained because they may not be familiar to American readers.

Just a "Grand" book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Little Grey Men tells the tale of three gnome brothers who left their tree house in search of a more adventurous brother who left two years before. Dodder, Baldmoney and Sneezewort travelled up and down the Folly river gleaning adventures as if they were escaping lions in the African veldt or fighting malnutrition while marooned on a desert island, a la Robinson Crusoe. Will they ever find Cloudberry?

BB paints the scenery of the Warwickshire countryside in such detail that one feels his love of this tiny patch of the world so powerfully. He ascribes this love to the gnomes, "being halfway between animals and our unhappy selves, they appreciated the world far more than a great many mortals. To them the whole year was lovely, ... and not an hour passed by but they found something to admire and relish."

As in every good quest, the gnomes make new friends, battle formidable enemies (yes! more than one!), survive natural catastrophes and finally come home to a roaring fire and a good Elderberry wine.

It is a good tale to follow as you walk along the banks of an English river, but it is just as good in the bedroom of your high-rise apartment.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Francis Whitesell on April 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book, rightly called a "Story for the young at heart", should not be undervalued for its child-like theme, and its faerietale content. Author "BB" uses imagery almost obselete to the fiction community at large to great effect, capturing a world that is lost both to most modern writers, and to the readers who follow their works. "BB"'s inspirational use of a familiar tone found msot commonly in stories written by a parents for their children, along with his use of literary techniques no longer taught or practiced create between them a story that is entirely readable by children and adults alike. Besides being an excellent piece of entertainment, it has to it a whimsy and almost unattainable artistic flair that I can, as an involved writer of fiction, recommend as educational. Consider the reading of "The Little Grey Men" a course in the understanding of the development of casual literature and entertainment at large, and at the same time allow yourself to slip beyond analysis of technique, and emmerse yourself in a world of fantasy, and forgotten times.

I fully recommend this title to any reader or writer of fiction: adults and children alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. King on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
The little grey men was one of the first books I read as a child.
It started me on a path and a ride I have never left.

TLGM is a classic tale which as another reviewer has commented, deserves a lot more plaudits and recognition than it has received over the years.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants their children to have a great start in the literary world and allow them the appreciation of the written word as opposed to sitting like a zombie in front of a TV watching cartoons.

You will have no regrets purchasing this title, I give TLGM five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Renee on April 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely little book. However, Julie Andrews is not the author, as another commenter noted. She loved the book as a girl, and wanted to make it available again via her Harper Collins imprint (and actually wrote the introduction). Although the cover cryptically lists the author as "BB", the man listed as the illustrator actually wrote the story as well as doing the woodcuts in the text. Reminds me a little of Watership Down....
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