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The Little Warranty People Hardcover – April 19, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 19, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679820639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679820635
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,206,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"Why do you think we, the warranty people, get along in this world?" asks Coldman, a tiny man who inhabits a newly manufactured refrigerator. "We treat everyone we meet as if we have known them all our lives." His hearty declaration captures the spirit of all the "warranty people" who reside inside domestic appliances to repair and maintain them until their warranty expires. It is a demanding job, but these energetic souls are seldom lonely and often lead adventurous lives. Children will thoroughly enjoy this droll, imaginative tale which, like Mary Norton's The Borrowers , explores an extraordinary, minute society that coexists with the workaday world. As in the Russian author's previously translated book, Uncle Fedya, His Dog, and His Cat , the animated, concise narration deems this story especially suitable for reading aloud. A small, spirited pen-and-ink illustration opens each chapter of this refreshing tale. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-4-The publisher compares this novella, translated from Russian, to Mary Norton's The Borrowers (Harcourt, 1953), but it fails to live up to such standards. It features the little people who live inside appliances and keep them running for the duration of the factory warranty. They are besieged by a dictator-led mouse army and hunted by a young girl who is determined to make them playthings. The mice don't know why they are supposed to fight them, but "It's an age-old tradition. We soldiers don't think. With us mice, a soldier carries out age-old traditions." Of course, the little people outwit them in the end. The plot lacks enough emotion or drama to hold readers' interest, and because the characters are underdeveloped, readers will not feel sympathy or concern for them, nor will they know much about them by the end. The writing does not flow, and some idioms do not fare well in translation. A clever explanation of why machines seem to break as soon as the warranty runs out, perhaps, but no more.
Cheri Estes, Dorchester Road Regional Library, Charleston, SC
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meguey Baker on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this to my 10 and 7 year old boys, and we all very much enjoyed it. I think it does stand with The Borrowers, but with more machinery involved, and the characters stay in one place, with their machine. For anyone who has ever daydreamed about tiny people who turn out the light in the 'fridge when the door closes, or who make the clock strike, or paint the pictures on the inside of the television screen, this is a delightful story. It makes a fine read-aloud, and is one I would read again.
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By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So far (chapter 3), it's an interesting story with fun characters, absent of negative or derogatory attitudes, and absent of violence.
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