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The Indian in the Cupboard [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Lynne Reid Banks
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2 Jun 2003

The Indian in the Cupboard is the first of five gripping books about Omri and his plastic North American Indian – Little Bull – who comes alive when Omri puts him in a cupboard

For Omri, it is a dream come true when the plastic American Indian he locks into the old cupboard comes to life. Little Bull is everything an Indian brave should be – proud, fearless and defiant.

But being in charge of a real, live, human being is a heavy responsibility, as Omri soon discovers. And when his best friend, Patrick, is let in on the secret, he soon realises that life-changing decisions lie ahead.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007148984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007148981
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Indian in the Cupboard

‘An assured piece of story-telling, well able to stand comparison with older classics.”
Times Educational Supplement

“Enthralling and hair-raising reading.” TLS

“The Key to the Indian is a swiftly-moving, tightly-plotted, exciting, funny tale, which will keep the reader firmly hooked and frantically turning the pages.” Carousel

Praise for The Secret of the Indian

“There have been many famous stories in which children’s toys come alive: this book is in the same great tradition.” School Library Association

From the Back Cover

Neither Omri nor the Indian moved for perhaps a minute and a half. They hardly breathed either. They just stared at eachother.

At first Omri is unimpressed with the plastic Indian toy he is given for his birthday. But when he puts it in his old cupboard and turns the key, something extraordinary happens that will change Omri's life forever. For Little Bull, the Iroquois Indian brave, comes to life…

'Enthralling and hair-raising reading.'
TLS

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is about a boy who was given an old cupboard for his birthday. It can change plastic model figures and toys into life if you put them in the cupboard and lock it with a special key. We loved this book because we like to think of being able to do this with our own dolls house people. I am 9 years old, my two sisters are 7 and 11. It is really exciting because you are always worried that someone else is going to find out about the cupboard, that it would no longer be a secret and the cupboard would be taken away. We really wanted to read all the other books in the series. There are about 4 other books that continue the story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ADVENTURE OF THE INDIAN 3 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
"The Indian In The Cupboard" is a long book by Lynne Reid Banks. It is very, very, very good. It's about a boy who has a magic cupboard. At first he is not impressed with his toy plastic indian but when he puts it in the cupboard it comes to life. Omri, the boy, enjoys playing with the indian. I think it is a brilliant book because it has good imagination.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fable for children and their parents 26 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book deserves to enter the list of children's classics, alongside books like the Borrowers and Tom's Midnight Garden. (it shares some elements - time travel, and size issues - with each of these books)
It is not just a good read for able children, but an enjoyable one for parents to share by reading aloud. Like all the best children's books, it's adult-friendly, in that the people are believable. The characters, including "Boo-hoo" Boone the crying cowboy, allow a reader with indulgent children to practice some fun voices too.
It conjures up the atmosphere of childhood well, and has a strong moral. It's never spelt out so unsubtly as this in the book, but everything underlines a message that no matter how small or different, people are people, and not playthings.
Though the first book is complete, the author obviously couldn't resist returning to the subject, producing memorable sequels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Have you ever imagined having a toy cupboard which turns plastic toys real? Well that’s what happens in the story The Indian in the Cupboard. It was Omri’s birthday and his brother Gillon got him a medicine cupboard and his friend Patrick gave him a second hand, 7cm tall plastic Indian. Later that night Omri puts his plastic Indian in the cupboard and locks the door. The next morning he gets the shock of his life! Amazingly, the Indian has come alive! The adventure has only just begun! Follow Omri and Little Bull’s adventures as they meet new miniature friends along the way and develop a beautiful friendship.

I liked the book a lot, especially Little Bull’s tiny voice. The author writes the voices in dialect so you can imagine how the characters speak. Also at the end of every chapter you are left intrigued to know what happens next because the adventures are so thrilling. I did not like the fact that the characters often did not get along with each other and there is an odd swear word (but not a really bad word). However, people don’t always get along and this is part of life and adds to the drama.

My favourite character is Little Bull because I like how he speaks. His clothes are described really well by the author.

I would highly recommend this book because it is astonishingly good. It will turn the key of your imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard 28 Aug 2012
By Tallin
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This is a magical story for children. I would say from the age of about 7. Great to read to them at bedtime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 11 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think that this book is brilliant for boys and girls around 10 years of age. One of the best books I've read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant book and I loved reading it 30 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The indian in the cupboard is about a boy called Omri who is given a plastic indian and a cupboard with a magic key although the film hasn't got a very good reputation the book is so good. I think that ages from 10 up probably would enjoy it. It has a good story line and it is very interesting SO READ IT!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good! 7 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is unbelievably good! It's a childhood classic that I wish I'd read when I was a kid. My kids love it and we'll read it again and again. I love Omri's tenderness towards the figures. He's a great role model for boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun. I'd never met this book before
Great fun. I'd never met this book before, and got it for the grandchildren. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - them while listening to it, or me while reading! Don't hesitate.
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great book. My 10 years old son (who is not a great reader I'm afraid) absolutely loved it. And it is very well written, with a varied and interesting vocabulary, but not... Read more
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Great story. I bought it for my young nephew but think it is too old for him so kept it and read it myself. It is a wonderful story full of imagination and character.
Published 2 months ago by Miss A Sadowska
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
I bought this for my two grandsons as a "read it together" bedtime book. They are aged 6 and 8 and although the recommended reading age is 9 - 11 they both loved the story... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs L J
1.0 out of 5 stars worst book ever!!!!
I am 11 years old and I read this as a class novel. Not one person in my class liked this book I found it boring and predicitable the start was boring the middle was bad and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Caoimhe Muldoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
I loved this book. I gave this rating because it was fantastic and it was a great wonderful book to read
Published 8 months ago by M Kahai
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Because i love it. It's a great book for kids. One of my fav books. The series is good to.
Published 9 months ago by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the cupboard
This has been a family favourite for many years I have purchased this for my grandchildren and I know it will be a suitable story for age 3 and up to adult
Published 9 months ago by Mary Sandra Stevenson
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Very Good, very happy with prduct, product is how its described, happy to do bussiness again in the furture, Happy
Published 9 months ago by Mary Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I liked this book because it has lots of imagination. I like he boys present cause you can make toys come a live.
Published 9 months ago by Mary Summers
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