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The Minpins Paperback – September 3, 2009
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The Minpins taps into the powerful, wonderful child's fantasy of discovering a hidden civilization of tiny folk that accepts and honors him or her. The very best part of this fairy tale is the denouement, where Billy receives the gift of nightly escape on the wings of a swan. One of Roald Dahl's only picture books--with fabulously crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations by Patrick Benson--The Minpins is superb for reading aloud to the three- to eight-year-old set. And it culminates in a sentence or two of advice that your children just might remember for the rest of their lives. (Ages 3 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a bit longer than most picture books, so I would not recommend for younger kids. It is also a little scary in the beginning.
My son was able to read this really fast, so we are on to the next book whatever that may be... but he said he liked this one although it was super short.
Billy's allies are little people that live in trees and climb about using green suction boots. His mother tells him not to venture into the woods, where children and others disappear, but he disobeys and goes. There, he helps the Minpins by killing the Gruncher monster. Like the story of Alice in Wonderland, he returns to the real world, but continues to go, flying on the back of a swan each night.
The pictures are sweet, the words Dahl invents are fun to say, and the imagery is fun.
Billy soon discovers that a big, smoking, fire breathing monster is after him! Run! Run! Escaping up a tree Little Billy then sees a tiny window, no bigger than a postage stamp, opening up! Who is inside? A Minpin! Who are the Minpins and where do they live? They warn Billy that he can never leave the tree as the Gruncher is waiting for him. What plan does Little Billy come up with?
Although a well-written and superbly illustrated book parents need to know that it is the devil (yes that is the word used) that tempts Little Billy to disobey his mother telling him not to be believe her, that there is nothing scary in the forest and the floor is covered with wild strawberries. Little Billy is never punished for his disobedience except in the fact that he truly does get the biggest scare of his life. This may not be a good book for young, sensitive children. It is quite graphic and the Gruncher could be frightening to some even though the story does have a happy ending. Our two boys thought it was wonderful and I had to read it all in one setting!
So Billy goes into the woods.
Well. It is a children's story!
In the forest, he meets the Minpins, little people who will put you in mind of the Gatherers or the "Epic" movie. They also fear the great beast of the forest, but Billy is less than impressed. He has a plan.
I feel like this would have been even better done as a picture book. Certainly, it would need to be longer than the standard 32 pages, but with the forest setting, this story really deserves full color and lushness. However, as it is, it's enjoyable, and new readers will have a good time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I fell in love with this book when I was young and it's impossible to find it in bookstores. I was so glad to see that Amazon had it.Published 4 months ago by Tators
This book is simply amazing!! Never stop stocking Roald Dahl's books. Read it aloud to a child, make it a bookshelf item in your classroom, or buy as an Amazing gift for a child... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book. It gives me ideas for writing for children.Published 10 months ago by Kay McLaughlin
My daughter loved this book !!! I enjoyed reading it with her. Fun and adventure for everyone.Published 11 months ago by DENISE TAYLOR
The book is in excellent shape! Because it was coming from the UK it took a while to get here, but it was worth the wait! Thank you!Published 18 months ago by Michelle Hatch