Little Billy strays into the forest, where he meets the Minpins-tiny people who live within the trees. The Minpins tell Billy about The Gruncher, who preys on them. So Billy embarks on a mission to rid the Minpins of their foe once and for all, and sets off-on the back of a swan-to confront The Gruncher.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
Date of Birth:September 13, 1916
Date of Death:November 23, 1990
Place of Birth:Llandaff, Wales, England
Place of Death:Oxford, England
What People are Saying About This
"An endearing story." -Sunday Times
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I first started reading this one to my 7-year-old I was little concerned that it might give him nightmares - it starts off a bit scary. The devil whispers in the little boy's ear, he goes into the Forest of Sin, and then is chased by a terrifying monster who wants to eat him... but it eventually comes around and the little boy and the Minpins (the tiny people who inhabit the forest) eventually kill the terrifying monster rather easily. It's a very satisfying story for a 7-year-old boy (or a 40-year-old mom for that matter) it seems to have a little of everything and the illustrations are beautiful, too. Plus, I think it's just the right length. We read it in two nights.
This is the last work of Dahl's and was printed in 1991, a year after his death.Illustrated by Patrick Benson, this book has more of a fairy tale quality about it than the others. The story line seems more sleep like and simple. It is a quiet book, unlike Dahl's previous works that at times seem to me to be noisy with images flying all over the pages.Little Billy's mother is over protective and ever fearful he will get into trouble.Billy listens to the whisper of the devil and he escapes to the forest of sin where"None come out, but many go in."There he is hunted by roaring fire breathing monster. Seeking refuge he climbs higher and higher into a magical tree filled with thousands of tiny creatures whose adult faces are no bigger than a pea and the faces of the children are as small as the head of a match stick.Climbing about the trees by using green suction boots, the very mobile mipins create a village in the tree branches and are transported from one tree village to another by friendly birds.Helping the Minpins by killing the fire breathing Gruncher, Billy becomes the hero of them all.I very much liked this book for the stunningly beautiful illustrations and the mystical quality throughout.
I just read this book to my 7 and 5 year old sons and they absolutely loved it! The 5 year old wanted to take it around the next day to just look at the illustrations. The next night they wanted me to read it to them again. I haven't read any of Roald Dahl's books before now, but this book has sure made me want to.
I loved this book when I was a younger child. I think that it illustrates a good message for children, that little people can conquer big things. The illustrations are also great. They are drawn from interesting angles emphasising the size of everything and also create moods thst relate very well to what is going on in thast part of the book. The illustrations add to the story and make it more appealing to younger children as well as older.
I think 'The Minpins' was a GREAT story, and anyone that likes wild beasts and has an wild inamgination will love 'The MinPins!!' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~