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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017
Roald Dahl’s dramatic last story is perfectly matched for the first time by Quentin Blake’s new illustrations in a beautifully produced edition. Billy is told by his mum that he must never go out through the garden gate and into the dark wood. But how can he resist the attraction of the wood and what is in it? Billy heads into the wood and meets the Minpins, delightful tiny creatures who live inside the hollow trees. And the Minpins are terrified. The dreadful Gruncher is destroying them and they need Billy’s help to stop him. Soon Billy finds himself at the centre of a thrilling adventure that is literally a matter of life and death. Roald Dahl’s story-telling skills look as bright as ever. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2017
Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
This Book Isn't Safe! by Colin Furze
The Grotlyn by Benji Davies
Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Birthday Boy by David Baddiel
Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?
From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children's imaginations for nearly forty years. Billy and the Minpins, this new interpretation of Roald Dahl's very last story (originally published in 1991), is just as magical.
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th September 2017|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks|
Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents – the child of a second marriage. His father and elder sister died when Roald was just three. His mother was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children. Roald was her only son. He had an unhappy time at school - at Llandaff Cathedral School, at St Peter’s prep school in Weston-super-Mare and then at Repton in Derbyshire. Dahl’s unhappy time at school was to influence his writing greatly. He once said that what distinguished him from most other children’s writers was &...More About Roald Dahl