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The Minpins (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Patrick Benson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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29 Nov 2001 Picture Puffins
Little Billy doesn't really believe his mother's stories about all the monsters living in the wood, so he is easily tempted to disobey her and go and see for himself. He doesn't find any Whangdoodles, Hornswoggles or vermicious Knigs, but the Gruncher who does chase him, billowing orange-red smoke, is even more terrifying. Billy finds this horrible Gruncher has been terrorising the other inhabitants of the wood for years- the Minpins, a tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. But Little Billy doesn't want to spend the rest of his life up a tree, so he bravely offers to lead the Gruncher away and to his death, thus freeing the grateful Min Pins from his tyranny.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New edition edition (29 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140568212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140568219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 20.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Someday someone will write a book that begins with a mother forbidding her child to enter the deep dark woods and ends with that child achieving incredible success without ever setting a toe in the forbidden forest. But not this book. Here, Billy's mom issues a few scary warnings about the woods to her son--"Beware! Beware! The Forest of Sin! None come out, but many go in!"--turns her back for a second, and the next thing you know the devil shows up and whispers something to Bobby about wild strawberries. Blammo! Guess where Billy goes--straight to the forbidden forest, of course. At this point, if you are reading the story aloud to your child, you may think there's a parable on the way. But just when you might expect to run into monsters named Lust, Avarice and Three-Toed Sloth (okay, maybe not Lust), a real monster comes careening along and you realize that this story is just a fairy tale after all--and quite a lovely one at that.

The Minpins taps into the powerful, wonderful child's fantasy of discovering a hidden civilization of tiny folk that accepts and honours 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 children. 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.


"An endearing story." -"Sunday Times" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This book is a true classic, and in my opinion one of Dahl's best! The first time I came accross it was in Yr 3 when our class teacher read it to us (31 mixed pupils aged 7-8) and we all loved it! The illustrations are beautiful and the story truly classic! Dahl knows exactly how to keep children hanging on his every word. Guranteed that girls and boys aged 6+ will love it. This story features a Little Boy called Little Billy who is warned by his mother never to go into the forest opposite their house, because a vicious monster lives there! Little Billy disobeys his mother and goes into the forest where he comes face to face with the monster and befriends the Minpins.
The story is similar to that of The Borrowers and features a lovely end note. A must have for the bookshelf!
Reviewer aged 13.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the minpins - roald dahl 23 Dec 2009
A friend bought this book for my seven year old son. He had spoken of it being read to his class, but I had not heard of it. He had told me he wanted to buy it, but I could never remember the name. After reading this story over two nights, I will never forget it. My son was engrossed in the imaginative, but familiar style of Dahl. Although the illustrations were not Quentin Blake, they were nonetheless fantastically detailed and greatly enlightened the trip to the forest. This story is lovely. I look forward to reading it over and over, and my son will, without doubt want to read it repeatedly to himself. This book is not one of the most well known - but it should be. An absolute delight to have on the shelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating magic! 7 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Billy wanders into the woods and is trapped there by the Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher. He encounters the tiny Minpins who live in trees, fly on birds and walk upside down on branches with suction boots. With their help Billy defeats the scary monster and returns home. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. My six year old was absolutely captivated by it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 17 Jan 2011
I bought this story for my son who is 5. He absolutely loves it. He is starting to get fed up with the shorter picture books as he can read them on his own, so we wanted to get a longer story to share at bedtime.

It is a little long if you wanted a short bedtime story, and when we picked it up I intended to read it over 2 nights, but we got slightly carried away and read it through in just one sitting.

He has asked for this to be re-read and re-read and has drawn lots of pictures of what he thinks the monster looks like.

Would recommend
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story, Wonderful Illustration! 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer
As soon as I unwrappd this book I was stunned by the wonderful illustration work, the story was excellent too! Very difficult to give it to my son, I wanted to keep it for myself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I still search for minpins in the woods 2 Feb 2012
By WordWiz
I remember being read this story at primary school and it captured the whole class' imagination. We later took a class trip to an arbouretum and we all convinced ourselves we could see minpins in the trees. This is the kind of book that will stay with you for life. I true classic and magical in every sense of the word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read 25 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ordered this for the children in my class when they discovered it's existence while doing some research about Roald Dahl - glad they found it as it is a really good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, it! 4 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
my son loved this when he was 4 1/2 and still loves it now. great imagination and pictures that we never tire of reading. good for adults too.
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Lovely book.
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars 6yo daughter loves it
My 6yo daughter loves roald Dahl & this was for her birthday to add to her collection. She can read it herself (with a bit of help on tricky words).
Published 3 months ago by janpan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for bedtime reading
My 6 year old twin boys love Dahl's books at bedtime and this story doesn't disappoint! A little scary at first it manages to hook them in and get their imagination whirring !
Published 4 months ago by Mrs A L Heaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Both my grandchildren enjoyed it and will continue reading it as they enjoyed it so much. Will buy more books for their birthdays etc.
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Russell-Cargill
5.0 out of 5 stars New reader
My cousin's stepdaughter like her son have just beginning with Roald Dahl, so thought would extend their collection as part of birthdays.
Published 7 months ago by Kathleen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Each time my grandson, who is 8, stays I read to him before he goes to sleep. I really looked forward to reading him this book (maybe too much) - we both agreed it was quite boring... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Parko
5.0 out of 5 stars roald Dahl;s the Minpins.
Grandson loves this book. good condition and beautiful illustrations. Lovely story. I'm collecting these books for him as he is a great reader.
Published 11 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story
Read this in several sessions to a Year 2 class of 6/7 year olds. They loved it and couldn't wait for the next instalment. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tilley123
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I bought this book for my 7yr old daughter. She thoroughly enjoyed it. The price was very decent for a Roald Dahl book.
Published 14 months ago by Danielle Murray
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