by Sylvia Waugh

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ISBN-13: 9780099433323
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 03/26/2002
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 1.00(h) x 6.80(d)

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The Mennyms 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
joannecatherine on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Discovered this series of kid books while reading a bio of Edward Gorey. He had read the books and enjoyed them, and since I love Edward Gorey, I had to check out the books. They are a series of five, about a family of life-size rag dolls living in a house in England. They go to work (somebody's got to pay the rent) and live as a normal family. If a normal family has button eyes and in the case of Soobie, blue cloth skin. A bit precious at times, and annoying (the teenage daughter is a real pain) but kind of neat. I think had I read these books as a child, I would have been frightened; as it was, I was still a mite disturbed. If you love off-beat, give this series a try.
Treeseed on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh, first published in the United Kingdom in 1993, is the first book in a five part fantasy series intended for Young Adult readership. It has been compared to Mary Norton's beloved The Borrowers but I think it is infinitely deeper, more thought-provoking, more suspenseful and entertaining, and with richer characterization than any of the books in the Borrowers series. The Mennyms are a family, an extended family, including a grandfather and grandmother, mother and father, older brother, two teenage sisters, a boy-girl set of young twins and a baby. There is also a close friend. The family has lived in a small cul-de-sac called Brocklehurst Grove in England for over 40 years. Grandpa, Sir Magnus, is a syndicated writer and historian, Granny, Tulip, an excellent business woman and finance manager. Mother, Vinetta owns a thriving cottage industry while the father, Joshua, is a night watchman. Appleby is a precocious, sometimes rebellious, and adventurous teenage girl, constantly flirting with disaster, while her older sister Pilbeam is more thoughtfully stable, yet romantic. Twins Poopie and Wimpey are cute, playful children and Googles is a happy, cooing little babe-in-arms. Neighbor and close friend, Miss Quigley, is an older single woman who keeps her distance with strict manners but who depends upon the Mennyms for friendship and companionship. The older brother, moody, brooding Soobie holds himself apart from most of the family's daily routines because he feels so different from them. You see, Soobie is blue. I don't mean sad, I mean he's actually blue in color. This may not sound like such a remarkable family, until you understand that they are a family of living, life-size rag dolls. Created by a human being named Kate Penshaw, many years ago, the Mennyms came to life under mysterious circumstances having to do with a secret door up in the attic. In the beginning of the book, the unfinished pieces of Pilbeam are discovered in the attic and lovingly sewn together by Vinetta. Pilbeam's awakening to consciousness is one of many lovely parts of the book. The action in this book begins when a long-lost heir of Kate's writes a letter to the Mennyms who he believes are tenants, announcing that he intends to travel from his home in Australia to pay them a visit. They must figure out a way to prevent that from happening or if all else fails, they must find a way to deceive him into thinking they are real human beings. Each of the different members of the Mennym family have their own unique take on the problem and as they go about coming to grips with this catastrophe we learn more and more about each of their personalities. The Mennyms are fully realized characters and their story while fun and suspenseful is also very poignant. Sylvia Waugh has created the very image of a loving family, with its emotional ups and downs, its intricate support structure and its often amusing conflicts. It is a page turner, indeed, with a swiftly flowing plot that takes the Mennyms from one pitfall to another. The other four books in the series are: Mennyms in the Wilderness wherein they are forced to move Mennyms Under Siege wherein they must consider themselves under siege, stripped of their liberty, due to an unfortunate sighting Mennyms Alone wherein they await the end of all things Mennyms Alive wherein the secret of the Mennyms is understood and wherein they achieve their freedom Each book in the series is better than the one before it and the entire series is a delight from beginning to end. It has its sense of humor and action and adventure, but its greatest strength is in its characters and in the sensitivity with which their relationships are played out and described. The Mennyms is a good book and a fine introduction to a truly great series. I think it is currently out of print, except perhaps in Britain, but it is readily available at reasonable cost on line. Check your local library, too. Look for it. Don't allo
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Mennyms are a reasonably normal family. With one exception, they are a family of life size, living, breathing ragdolls. They never get older and they don't need to eat. Regardless of all this they lead normal human lives. Until there very existence is threatened. The owner of there house, a perfectly normal person, is coming all the way from Australia to visit them. How will they keep there secret from getting out.