Title: The Minpins
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Benson, Patrick
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First American Edition First Printing.
Book Type: Ex-Library
Ex-Library. Jacket in mylar cover. Great Roald Dahl story bridging the world of fantasy and fairy tales and the illustrations are beautiful. 48 pages. Little use with clean and tight pages. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006964
Synopsis: Bridging the world of traditional fairy tales and magical fantasy, Roald Dahl again proves himself the master of children's literature, creating a world to spark the imagination. Filled with terrifying nightmare creatures and captivating "little people," all captured in the fascinating and mysterious paintings of an award-winning illustrator. Full color throughout.
Review: 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 honors 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 the three- to eight-year-old set. 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)
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