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Book Title: The Minpins|
The author of the book: Roald Dahl
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 972 KB
Date of issue: November 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780140549706
Read full description of the books The Minpins:Roald Dahl has worked his magic with The Minpins, creating wonderful creatures of childhood fantasy and loyalty between friends with amazing illustrations by Patrick Benson.
Little Billy is bored of always being good, all he wants to do is go outside and explore the Forest of Sin beyond the garden gate. But his Mother warns him of the dangers within the Forest with the rhyme "Beware! Beware! The Forest of Sin! None come out, but many go in"! She tells Little Billy of the blood-thirsty Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, Snozzwanglers, Vermicious Knids, and worst of all the Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothplucking Stonechuckling Spittler! But Little Billy's desire to explore leads him to jump out the window, out of the gate and to the edge of the Forest.
Not long after stepping in through the trees Little Billy is being chased by the Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothplucking Stonechuckling Spittler, and he climbs a tree to escape. He then meets the Minpins, who live in the trees, wear suction boots and ride on the backs of birds. Dom Mini, the Ruler of the tree, explains to Little Billy that the beast below is actually the Gruncher! The two of them come up with a plan to get rid of the Gruncher, and with the help of a swan Little Billy succeeds. Little Billy is sworn to secrecy of the Minpins existence and they form a beautiful friendship throughout his childhood.
I would recommend this book for children who are towards the end of Key Stage One to Year Three as they could enjoy the different characters with a better understanding, and relate to Little Billy's boredom of just sitting at home 'being good'.
Read information about the authorRoald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.
Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.
His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.
He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story "The Landlady"; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
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