The Minpins

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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.

Little Billy enters the Forest of Sin and meets the Minpins, matchstick-sized people who live in tree cities besieged by the ...

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Overview

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.

Little Billy enters the Forest of Sin and meets the Minpins, matchstick-sized people who live in tree cities besieged by the Smoke-Belching Gruncher whom Billy vows to destroy.

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"An endearing story." -Sunday Times
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Little Billy, bored with being good, ignores his mother's admonition to stay out of The Forest of Sin where ``none come out, but many go in.'' He succumbs to the Devil's invitation to explore the forest for himself. All is well until the boy hears the alarming sounds of a fire-breathing monster headed right for him. Luckily he discovers a tree of convenient size where, on climbing to its upper branches, he finds a whole village of miniature people. The Minpins are also afraid of being gobbled up by the Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher. The lad devises a plan to do away with the terrifying beast and is promised nightly flights on the back of a swan by the grateful Minpins. No longer confined to his dull home, Little Billy now discovers a world of wonders. The only adult mentioned is the boy's insensitive, doltish mother, while the protagonist himself is admirable and enterprising, true to the author's form. Nonetheless, one senses something of a kinder, gentler Dahl, who nudges his readers to become observers, for ``the greatest secrets are always hidden in unlikely places.'' However, the religious overtones seem curiously out of place. Little Billy's name, too, may prove a bit precious for some readers. Benson's pen-and-ink crosshatched drawings with full-color washes are pleasing but not memorable, with the exception of the dramatic depictions of Billy and the swan. Although older readers will find the talepretty tame, the story-hour crowd may find it a pleasant diversion. --Phyllis G. Si dorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414743
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 94,001
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl

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

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Just read this to my 7 and 5 year old sons

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    great read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2001

    Roald Dahl Did it Again!!

    I think 'The Minpins' was a GREAT story, and anyone that likes wild beasts and has an wild inamgination will love 'The MinPins!!' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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