Reader Reviewed Lilliput by Sam Gayton


Written by Sam Gayton

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March 2014 Book of the Month How can a little girl who is only three inches tall survive after her capture by the giant Gulliver? Poor Lily, dressed in handkerchiefs which have been sewn together with spider thread, has always listened to her Nana and tried to keep herself safe. One day a giant Gulliver, who claims to have visited the island before, arrives and sweeps her off on an adventure that will take her to England. Can Lily escape? She is determined to in this exciting adventure in which the relative sizes of the characters allows for all kinds of unusual and original adventures.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Lilliput a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I loved this book, a step back into the adventures of old Lilliput is a true fairy story for kids of all ages to enjoy, but especially those who still believe in magic.' - Raimy Greenland.

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A Piece of Passion from Eloise Wilson, Editor Children’s Fiction, Andersen Press Like any other children’s-book lover, I’ll never forget the first time I met Sophie and the BFG; or Arrietty, Pod and Homily Clock – the Borrowers. So you can imagine my excitement when Sam started telling me about his new book idea, Lilliput. Lilliput brings all the adventure and wonder of Dahl and Norton flooding back; it’s a brand-new story of a tiny girl in a giant’s world from the magical pen of Sam Gayton.

Like Arrietty and Sophie before her, Lily is feisty and compassionate with big ideas – far bigger than her size. She is impossible to forget. At six-inches tall, Lily is the smallest girl in London. Trapped by Gulliver – who is determined to use her as proof of all he has discovered – Lily attempts Escape Plan Thirty-Three. With the help of a boy with wide-open eyes, a fat, jolly chocolate-shop owner and a talkative bird, Lily embarks on the greatest adventure of her life, to find a way back home.

I came across Sam’s writing when I read an excerpt from the first draft of The Snow Merchant in his MA end of year publication; I was hooked from the first page. His writing style is so wonderfully quirky and unique, but it also has the charm of beautiful old-fashioned storytelling. The Snow Merchant received a huge number of glowing reviews; the TES said it has ‘A germ of JK and a pinch of Pullman.’ I think Lilliput is every bit as special.


Lilliput by Sam Gayton

'Have you heard of the tale that's short and tall? There's an island in the world where everything is small!' She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half of her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput.


Kids love reading and we invited a small number of members and browsers to review Lilliput. You can read their reviews below.

Alina Wraith, age 8 - 'Lilliput is a fast paced and exciting book. It has great description and pictures which help you to imagine what the characters are like...You should definitely read it!' Click Here to read the full review.

Emily Lonsdale, age 8 - 'I loved this book which was about a very small girl called Lily...Its very well written and like nothing I have read before.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 11 - 'Lily is captured by Gulliver, a giant , whilst she was at the beach pincher crabbing with Bellin and his older sister Bree. She is imprisoned in a bird cage and is now trying escape plan # 33! a real page turner. I didn't want it to end.' Click Here to read the full review.

Raimy Greenland, teen - 'I loved this book, a step back into the adventures of old Lilliput is a true fairy story for kids of all ages to enjoy, but especially those who still believe in magic.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sarankan Selvamaran, age 10 - 'Anyone who read this book would become spellbound immediately! Lilliput is a perfect book for people who like reading, adventures and interesting (sometimes weird) stories.' Click Here to read the full review.

Michael Jogunla, age 10 - 'Its vocabulary is suitable for children, plus it’s very good for ideas in a story. I rate it 10 out of 10 for how it helps you in your writing, but mostly for how exciting it is.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sophie Bridges, age 11 - 'I think Lilliput by Sam Gayton is great it is just the kind of book I love to read and every page of this book made me smile it was amazing.' Click Here to read the full review.


Further praise for Lilliput.

Unlimited storytelling inventiveness ... Swift himself would have approved. -- Robert Dunbar Irish Times

Spirited and clever tribute to the original -- Sally Morris Daily Mail

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Don't miss this book. It really is something rather special. The Bookbag

This magical novel with its indomitable heroine offers 8+ readers an enthralling experience ... An excellent addition to this genre The School Librarian

About the Author

Sam Gayton

Sam Gayton lives in South London. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University. He loves American novels, Italian food and the English countryside. When he’s not writing, he likes playing old board games, strumming his guitar and joining as many rock bands as possible (currently at seven).

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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6th March 2014




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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