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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.

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"An endearing story." - Sunday Times

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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 PeachMatildaThe 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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JKT
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Picture book
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2015
My son reads a lot of Ronald Dahl and so much so we are running out of his books and having to branch out. He happened to see this one and hadn''t read it and asked for this one, and I bought it without reading the description too much. This turned out to be a short story... See more
My son reads a lot of Ronald Dahl and so much so we are running out of his books and having to branch out. He happened to see this one and hadn''t read it and asked for this one, and I bought it without reading the description too much. This turned out to be a short story picture book, and although it was good - this is a departure from most Ronald Dahl books in that it is much shorter, and this one had large color illustrations.

My son was able to read this really fast, so we are on to the next book whatever that may be... but he said he liked this one although it was super short.
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J Duncan
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Modern Fairy Tale
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018
This story is a bit of a departure from Dahl’s usual silliness and more or a modern fairy story. Readers will recognize the names of some monsters from the Dahl universe. The illustrations are an essential and lovely part of the story of a little boy who helps... See more
This story is a bit of a departure from Dahl’s usual silliness and more or a modern fairy story. Readers will recognize the names of some monsters from the Dahl universe.

The illustrations are an essential and lovely part of the story of a little boy who helps his magical new friends defeat their common enemy.

Scholastic rates this at a 5.1 reading level, but younger children will enjoy it as well. Even small children would enjoy having it read to them.
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brett buckner
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The illustrations are amazing and really held to bring the story of Little ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2016
One of Dahl''s lesser known books, the Minpins is still a classic from the author who never sugarcoats the pains of childhood. The illustrations are amazing and really held to bring the story of Little Billy who travels into the forbidden woods only to make friends with the... See more
One of Dahl''s lesser known books, the Minpins is still a classic from the author who never sugarcoats the pains of childhood. The illustrations are amazing and really held to bring the story of Little Billy who travels into the forbidden woods only to make friends with the tiny people - the Minpins - living in the trees. There is danger, and excitement and a must-read for anyone who loves Roald Dahl books. It was also his last children''s novel, published right after his death at age 76.
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Tasha Reed
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Collection find, personal taste.
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2016
I purchased this book, based on 1) my love for this paticular author and 2) It was the only Daul book that was created with pictures, which I hadn''t seen yet. When I first unpacked this, I was a little suprised how thin the book was in content. It''s wide and floppy. Not... See more
I purchased this book, based on 1) my love for this paticular author and 2) It was the only Daul book that was created with pictures, which I hadn''t seen yet. When I first unpacked this, I was a little suprised how thin the book was in content. It''s wide and floppy. Not like the chapter books I was used too, and I found that interesting and a great read to do with my 9 year old son. It''s a corky story about a boy, who runs away after a argument with his mom. I won''t go to in depth because I don''t want to spoil the book, but the pictures of the this book are really something and tell the story a great deal. The only thing I didn''t enjoy as much are all the religious undertones. My family is not religious and I felt like it just took away from the actual story. This isn''t a book I would read out loud at the library or classroom because it is a bit to adult in my opinion, but it is one I want to keep for my collection and it did give me a new perspective on the author.
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J. Send
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not good for small children
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017
Very obvious he did not complete this story. You can tell the stories he was still working on. Could have been another great story. I had a hard time accepting the "sin forest" and the "devil" to read to small children.
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briana
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Terrible Customer Service
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
Had an issue with the book and that it was listed as collectible, however there is nothing unique about the book. The response from the seller was incredibly rude. I don’t think I’ve ever rated anything one star, but after the awful customer service, I have no issues with... See more
Had an issue with the book and that it was listed as collectible, however there is nothing unique about the book. The response from the seller was incredibly rude. I don’t think I’ve ever rated anything one star, but after the awful customer service, I have no issues with making this my first.
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These are wonderful children
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
I bought the Roald Dahl books to give to my grandchildren for Christmas as they are all between the ages of 6 and 9. I read these many years ago and enjoyed them immensely. Hope to get them to put their phones down.
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Marion Smedberg
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A super good Kindle edition of a wonderful story.
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
This Kindle edition is as lovely as the original hard-cover edition.
My children loved the original and my grandchildren love to have Zoom parties so I can read to them.
This is a wonderful book.
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Mr. S. E. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Read this and believe in magic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2021
The fact that I have read this book at all is down to my nephew and niece (aged 8 and 6) who have recently got into Roald Dahl and been given a box set. And I was amazed to find that the set included Billy and the Minpins, which I had somehow missed when it was originally...See more
The fact that I have read this book at all is down to my nephew and niece (aged 8 and 6) who have recently got into Roald Dahl and been given a box set. And I was amazed to find that the set included Billy and the Minpins, which I had somehow missed when it was originally published (as ''The Minpins'') in 1991. This is most likely because I had just turned 13 and discovered Agatha Christie for the first time. I was sorry to have missed out. Because Billy and the Minpins tells the delightful tale of how Little Billy succumbs to temptation, escapes the clutches of his over-protective mother, enters the forbidden - and compelling for that very reason - Forest of Sin and finds himself in a whole new magical world. It''s very short, and an easy read, yet I can honestly say that I loved every single page. And not just because of Quentin Blake''s wonderful illustrations (though they help too)! The problem I had with this book might have more to do with the fact that I''m grown-up and cynical. But unlike just about all of Dahl''s other offerings, it didn''t feel entirely original. The idea of miniature people living in trees borrows heavily from Mary Norton and Enid Blyton, and the names of many of the monstrous creatures - whangdoodles, hornswogglers, snozzwanglers and vermicious knids - are lifted straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I doubt that Dahl''s target audience of young children could care less about any of this. But I note that this was the last children''s book he wrote, and that it was published shortly after his death in 1990. And I can''t help but wonder if this was an early draft, which would have been re-written and perhaps made longer, but which was published before Dahl would have considered it finished. If this is the case, it''s a real pity that Dahl died when he did, because this book could perhaps have been so much more. What we have, though, is good enough. And of course, it ends with one of the most inspirational quotes that I can remember seeing in a children''s book: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don''t believe in magic will never find it". Read this book and even if, like me, you''re a grumpy old man, I defy you not to want to believe.
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Yi-Peng
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Blake''s sprightly yet restrained new take on Dahl''s Minpins
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2017
This new edition of The Minpins was published to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dahl & Blake collaboration, which began with The Enormous Crocodile in 1978. In the years after Dahl''s death, Quentin Blake reillustrated the books that were illustrated by others. This...See more
This new edition of The Minpins was published to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dahl & Blake collaboration, which began with The Enormous Crocodile in 1978. In the years after Dahl''s death, Quentin Blake reillustrated the books that were illustrated by others. This resulted in new illustrations for James, the two Charlie stories, The Magic Finger, Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World. Blake also illustrated a 2012 edition of Boy. I know that the original Patrick Benson picture book illustrations for the Minpins are more suited to the atmosphere of the story and I know that the re-illustrated versions of the pre-1978 Dahl stories might be a mere cash grab by Dahl''s estate and publishers. However, this new Minpins hardback is like a capstone to the Dahl & Blake collaboration. Initially I was surprised that Blake would want to attempt the story, but when I purchased my copy of the book, I felt relieved that he adapted his style well the demands of the story. Blake''s illustrations are in a different style from the Benson originals. The original Benson pictures were naturalistic and atmospheric. The colour illustrations in the earlier version are cross-hatched and allow scenes to play out on a broad canvas. In contrast, Blake is more sprightly and more close-up and his illustrations accompany the story at every step. Occasionally the vignettes don''t place themselves within a context, but we can still have an idea of the scene even when viewing these drawings. I have to admit that sometimes the atmosphere in the Benson pictures obscures the actors in the story, and so it''s hard to see Billy, the minpins and the birds when they are not brought into the foreground. Some people may think that Blake''s style better fits the Dahl books of the early 1980s, but here Blake shows remarkable restraint in depicting Billy''s adventures with the Minpins. The book feels more grown-up than the picture book version, as the story is now divided into 10 chapters. As such, it has a bit more stature to it and can take its place alongside the three other novellas in Dahl''s corpus. Don''t be afraid - this Blake Minpins hardback does more than justice to the story. It may be different from Benson''s naturalistic picture book illustrations, but it has its own rewards to devotees of Dahl and Blake. I think I might be keen to see Dahl''s estate put out a colour edition of this Blake edition of the Minpins.
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Lovely Story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2020
Lovely story. Used it to generate a cross curricular sequence of learning. It resulted in some quality writing, art work, PSHE discussions and Forest School sessions.
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Amanda Craig
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Will Roald Dahl ever not be popular?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2017
My daughter bought this with her birthday money, it was delivered quickly thanks to Prime and she was finished it within a few hours. She loved it and said she''d give it 5 stars. She loves Roald Dahl and this one didn''t disappoint. Roald Dahl''s books are timeless, I...See more
My daughter bought this with her birthday money, it was delivered quickly thanks to Prime and she was finished it within a few hours. She loved it and said she''d give it 5 stars. She loves Roald Dahl and this one didn''t disappoint. Roald Dahl''s books are timeless, I remember reading them when I was at school too.
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OneBeast
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Worth a read and a childhood classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 11, 2017
Read this book very young and remember being captivated and frightened by the unseen monster, which is an ingenious move by Dahl not to show the creature, and fascinated by the idea of the Minpins themselves, wondering if my garden was home to these little people
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