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The Borrowers Afield (The Borrowers #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,016 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Old Tom Goodenough, once young, hid tiny 6" borrowers behind his granda's hearth, and spoke to fearless Arriety. With parents, practical Pod and worried Homily, the Clocks settled in an old boot in a field. Wild Spiller brought meat and needs from gypsies. Until Mild Eye took back his footwear.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1954)
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Jan 22, 2008 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's too bad that this series of books about little people is in such danger of being dismissed as a cute or trite children's fairy story. They certainly shouldn't be described in that way. Once you can suspend your disbelief in the existence of small people living in and amongst normal humans, the books becomes adventure stories in the best sense--kind of a Robinson Crusoe story but with much more likable and more subtly depicted characters.
Oct 31, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children 8-12

In the second book of The Borrowers series, Pod, Homily and Arrietty are on the run after escaping from the terrible Mrs Driver and the ferret. No long able to live snugly beneath the kitchen in the big house, they are forced to run, hide from field mice and insects, and sleep in ditches.

Finally they take up residence in an abandoned boot and adopt a vegetarian diet. Homily tries to be brave but is miserably out of her element. Pod is his usual resourceful self. Arrietty however is thrilled to b
Aug 27, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way these books have such an awareness of unreliable narrators, and of oral stories, for all that they're written down. First of all The Boy through Mrs May through Kate, and then Arriety through Tom Goodenough through Kate... There's so much uncertainty about whether it is or isn't a story. I imagine that frustrates some people, but I do like it.

I remember, all of a sudden, as a child, carefully leaving things on the lower shelves, for Borrowers. They never did take it, but maybe I w
Reading this to my kids. Thanks to the Borrowers, they're now addicted to "The Littles" reruns and fairly sure that leprechauns are real. I love Mary Norton's writing -- it's so mysterious and intriguing, even the 3 year old is captivated -- but this book was tougher for me to get through than its prequel. There just isn't much plot, and Homily (the mother Borrower) can be such a drag.
Hannah Steinbrunner
The fantasy novel, The Borrowers Afield, by Mary Norton, is about an adventure taken by Pod, Homily, and their daughter Arrietty, to find a new home with their loving relatives in a badger set. Their adventure begins when they are driven out of their cozy home by a rat catcher because they were “seen” by the little boy who lived there. Now they are homeless, lost, and alone in a new world: the outdoors. Pod, Homily, and Arrietty need to find their relatives and quick. They fear the worst and tha ...more
An Odd1
Aug 16, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sweet humor makes fun of lovable imperfect humans - playful, down-to-earth, needs-must, and all tiny. Danger looms large - night owl, grass snake, lightning storm flood, snow hibernation. The 6" small Clock family reside in a lost boot while searching for relatives, until fierce gypsy Mild Eye takes the footwear back. I like spending hours with them, amazed at their inventiveness re-using lost "junk". Delightful line drawings full of life and delicacy bring back times of tin teakettles on wood f ...more
Indah W
Jul 20, 2009 Indah W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
Setelah sekian lama ngga "terseret" masuk ke dalam cerita ketika membaca sebuah buku, gua menemukannya kembali di buku yang satu ini, oohh kebayang khan betapa mengasyikannya kalo kita bisa turut jadi bagian dalam cerita yang dituturkan?!

Perkenalkan "The Borrowers", manusia mini yang besarnya paling cuman sejempol aja.

Dan sesuai dengan namanya, keluarga yang terdiri dari bapak, ibu dan seorang anak perempuan ini deman meminjam barang dari tempat yang mereka tinggali.

Walau dibilang meminjam yaa m
Sep 28, 2010 Katarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my brother
Recommended to Katarina by: my mom
Shelves: grade-7
"The Borrowers Afield" by Mary Norton is about how these tiny creatures who are like humans, just fifty times smaller run for their lives. When Kate is interested in the towns legends, she looks in to it by asking the elderly the true tales of the borrowers. She finds out a lot about them, and she even gets her hands on one of their diaries. The book is made up of the diary of Arietty. So, the borrowers were chased out of their cozy home by the rat catcher, and since they lived in the suburbs, t ...more
I started reading this aloud with my four-year-old after we enjoyed the first installment. Unfortunately, this book takes too long to pick up to enough action to keep his interest. For the first half of the book, the whole story is background about living outside, getting set up in an old boot, worrying about wildlife, etc. I'll tell him the parts about discovering other Borrowers and eventually moving back indoors. Maybe we'll try the third installment. Still, I enjoyed reading more about these ...more
Although the story really doesn’t get interesting until over half way through the second half is a rather brilliant bright spot. You truly get a sense of how terrifying it must be to be so small in a world full of giants. The characterization of Homily is pretty hilarious when allowed to shine, in particular when she finally is in contact with her arch-nemesis Lumpy. I’ll probably check out the sequels if only to find out what happens with Spiller and what would make them leave the new comforts ...more
Things get more exciting living in the wild. And also Spiller. I didn't remember how badass he was! How young the characters seem to me now.
Apr 03, 2010 Cammie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is quite nice. It can be enjoyable for young and old. It tells about very small people that have very big adevntures! ^^
Cathrine Bonham
Jun 24, 2015 Cathrine Bonham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book about the borrowers. In this book Arrietty and her family find themselves homeless and in the middle of the great outdoors. Arrietty thinks it's all wonderful, the sun, the stream, even the wildlife. But her father is worried about winter and her mother does nothing but find fault with everything.

This is a classic children's survival story, like the Swiss Family Robinson and the box car children.

This book would make a good basis for another movie. One of the characters they meet,
Sep 15, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
The Clock family is forced to flee the Big House! They live in a field and meet Spiller!
Nov 04, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun, and so much more tense, as they venture out of their safe home!
Jan 02, 2009 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really so impressed with these books.
Dec 10, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Favorite from childhood.
Feb 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book.
Karen Field
Feb 02, 2013 Karen Field rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the timing of this book compared to the first one distracting, because of the obvious flaw in the timeline. (For the narrator, Mrs May, and her niece, Kate, a year has passed, but for the Clock family the story picks up where it left off. However, suddenly Arrietty is a year older and the pillowcase shows up a couple of months after the family flee the house, instead of a year as mentioned by Mrs May in the first book.)

But once I was able to put that aside, I was quickly drawn back into
I brought this book back in 2010 as part of the whole series of Borrowers as i had read the first book but never read any further than that.

In this book Arrietty and her family have had to leave the comfort of the house that they have only ever known and have gone to try and find the only other borrowers that they know of. They have to walk across fields and encounter lots of new things to them like insects. They have to deal with being homeless and having to almost start again. Its in this book
Aug 17, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Borrowers Afield carries on a few years after the conclusion of The Borrowers as Kate tries to discover what happened to the little people Mrs May was telling her about all those years ago. It is a great little story that ties in with the previous book really well. There is something very clever about how Norton has written her stories, she manages to capture the perspective and point of view of these little people really well. You can easily imagine them being towered over by grass and havi ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
When setting up this review, I saw that there is a one-volume edition of "The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers." That makes sense, as so far each individual volume reads more like a chapter/episode than a finished book. Again, there is a non-end, that leaves the door open for whatever comes next, almost like an episode of a 1980s TV series. Or like the old "Sandokan" novels, or Spain's never ending "Capitán Alatriste" series of books.

However the authoress seems to have hit her stride in thi
While rereading Mary Norton's Borrowers series I find myself torn in two directions. In one direction there is nostalgia. The books were already unfashionable when I devoured them in the early 1990s, and although they're not entirely forgotten (due mostly to film and TV adaptations of the first book), they're not nearly as well-known as I think they should be. Norton is a talented storyteller, and The Borrowers Afield is a yarn of remarkable adventure -- imagine the lost-in-the-great-backyard sc ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Gale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

When young Kate and Mrs. May return to Firbank Hall--where the elderly woman will take up residence in the old game keeper's cottage--Kate revels in the nostalgia which she'd heard in great detail about the Borrowers, a race of miniature beings in whom she scarcely dares believe. While alone with Tom Goodenough, "the biggest liar in two counties," as per his local reputation, she easily worms out the whole story from the obliging, trusting fellow. As proof of
Christy Reed
Dec 07, 2014 Christy Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course, after reading THE BORROWERS, I went right for the second one, and found within its pages another adorable, interesting story. Homily did annoy me quite a bit at times, but it almost felt like it would be wrong to have her character be any other way. Their resourcefulness in making a new life for themselves is incredible, but it didn't feel far-fetched. It's another easy read for when you just want something light-hearted without all sorts of deep hidden meanings and morals.
Feb 17, 2015 Beatriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Borrowers Pod,Homily and Arriety.Are running away from Mrs.Driver and Ferret after living cozy under there kitchen floor.They run away from animals and insects.Then they find a abandoned boot and eat a vegetarian diet.Then Arriety ventures out and she meets a Spiller which is a youth Borrowers then helps there family.I liked this book because I like the adventures Arriety goes on and i recommend this to people that like adventures.
Shawn Thrasher
I think the Borrowers series, at its heart, is dark and grim, and The Borrowers Afield is mostly about Homily complaining about their fall from (social?) grace. It's almost a Victorian comedy of manners, minus servants. The three Clocks aren't really all that likable as characters either; Homily complains too much and is a classist snob, Pod is a chauvinist at the best of times and ineffectual at the worst of times, and there is something sly about Arrietty (she got them into this mess in the fi ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An utterly charming and delightful book. It's just one of those brilliantly told stories that brings a smile to your face. This is the 2nd book in the Borrowers series; there being a total of 5 books plus a short story in the total collections of the Borrowers adventures. I have the whole collection and am eagerly reading through it!
Jan 05, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really enjoyable, really fast-paced and really adventurous children's fantasy chapter book sequel. It had really well-drawn illustrations, great characters, really thrilling adventure, and a great story. I haven't read this book in a very long time. I really like this book better than the first one because of the adventure. I really recommend this book to both children and adults.
Grant Thurman
Aug 12, 2014 Grant Thurman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has all of the charm and love of it's predecessor, and the only reason I like it better is because it seems to complete the story arc that the Borrowers began, building on the actiony-cliff hanger that the Borrowers left off with. This one doesn't leave that same cliff hanger at the end.
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Mary Norton (née Pearson) was an English children's author. She was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers. She married Robert C. Norton in 1927 and had four children ...more
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