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The Minpins

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,215 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Come deep into the forest if you dare...but beware the Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler!
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Viking Juvenile (first published 1991)
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Anna Matsuyama
“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.”

This is the last book Roald Dahl wrote.

Megan Chard
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 Whangdoodl
Lauren Kramer
I love Roald Dahl for his stories are so imaginitive and creative. This story is of Billy who is stuck at home always but wants to know what is what there in the forest. Being trapped inside by his over-protective mother, Billy manages to escape due to a strong curiosity. What he discovers is the most terrfiying beast of them all and hids to his own safety. What then brings Billy into comfort again is his wild discovery of the Minpins, little people who live in the trees. These Minpins end up wo ...more
When I first started reading this one to my 7-year-old I was little concerned that it might give him nightmares - it starts off a bit scary. The devil whispers in the little boy's ear, he goes into the Forest of Sin, and then is chased by a terrifying monster who wants to eat him... but it eventually comes around and the little boy and the Minpins (the tiny people who inhabit the forest) eventually kill the terrifying monster rather easily. It's a very satisfying story for a 7-year-old boy (or a ...more
Niamh Deay
Roald Dahl’s ‘The Minpins’ is quite an enjoyable little story. The book begins with a young boy named Little Billy who complains that he is not allowed do anything exciting by his parents. He is constantly under the watchful eye of his mother, who has forbidden him to go into the forest beside their house. According to his mother the forest is full of all kinds of monstrous creatures, with the most fearsome of all being The Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothplucking Stonechuckling Spittler. Little Bil ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: August 30th, 2014

Author: Roald Dahl; Illustrated by Patrick Benson

Title: The Minpins

Plot: Little Billy is NOT allowed to do anything exciting, including going out to the woods near his house. He wants to be a good boy for his Mummy, but the Devil entices him to go to the Forest of Sin. He goes out to the forest and finds himself being chased by a creature called the Gruncher that belches red hot smoke. Trapped in the tree branches in the forest, he meets Don Mini and a vast community of t
This might be one of Roald Dahl's best works. It looks like a picture book, but definitely takes at least an hour to read to your kids. I read it over a few days to my 5 & 4 year old boys and they were totally entranced by the evil spittler/gruncher. They've been talking about him for days. And the overall message tells children to look for magic all around them. I really enjoyed it and my boys want to read it again with Dad.
Nov 08, 2014 Farina♥Moon♥Eclipse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who believes in Magic
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

This is Roald Dahl's last written work for Children Literature.
And I believe his best Children's book.
It's so beautiful, and the hidden messages and meaning is so strong and powerful. Just amazing.
In this book the little boy disobeys his mom, gets into trouble. He does save himself and a group of little people, and in the end is rewarded for his deeds. However, he never has to account for disobeying his mom and hides the truth from her.
Unal Olgun
The story tells of a young boy named Little Billy, Little Billy would occasionally stay home, he would stare out the window as he had no fun activity to do. Through the window, Little Billy could see the Forest of Sin. His Mother had warned Little Billy not to go there and had told of frightening tales about the Forest. “Beware of the terrible bloodsuckling toothpluckling stonechuckling spittle!”

One morning, the devil whispers in Little Billy ear to persuade him to go down the forest. Thus, Litt
May 18, 2013 Charlotte rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older children
Recommended to Charlotte by: Found it in library
Shelves: children-s-books
Interesting story, although having read it a few years ago I struggle to remember exactly what the plot was. None the less I know I enjoyed it.
Angie Kohout
Plot: A heroic story of a young boy trying to save the forest from the Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler. Will Billy be able to defeat the terrible beast?

Setting: Britain

Characters: Billy, Mother, Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler, and Minpins.

Point-of view: Third person


Style: Children's fiction, short story,

Notes: Reading level is up there. The age the book says on the back is 3-8, but this may be a little too much for someone unde
Roald Dahl does his magic in creating an entirely new world of wonderful creatures and fantasy. I enjoyed this short read and the illustrations were fine as well. I just had a few concerns in terms of reconciling the resolution and moral of the story. Little Billy was lured over by the devil's whisper which started his adventure into the woods. He initially got into trouble for disobeying but this eventually works out for the better as he is able to find a way to escape back home and even save h ...more
I have a funny story about this book.

I read it for the first time in first grade. I loved it. I'm fairly certain I read it multiple times between first and third grade. The story is great and the pictures are stunning. Alas, I changed schools in third grade, and then changed again in fifth, and the title of the book was lost. I remembered the story but not what it was called.

Flash forward to just before my sixteenth birthday. Feeling nostalgic, I told my mom that for a gift, I wanted to track do
Linda Lipko
his is the last work of Dahl's and was printed in 1991 a year after his death.

Illustrated by Patrick Benson, this book has more of a fairy tale quality about it than the others. The story line seems more sleep like and simple. It is a quiet book, unlike Dahl's previous works that at times seem to me to be noisy with images flying all over the pages.

Little Billy's mother is over protective and ever fearful he will get into trouble.

Billy escapes to the forest of sin where

"None come out, but many g
Little Billy was told to NEVER go into the Forest of Sin. It was full of terrible creatures that could stomp you flat or eat you right up. So of course, it's the most tempting place EVER, right? What could a little boy do but sneak out the window and make his way into that terrfying place?

What he finds there will shock, frighten and amaze him. Because not only are there beasties that do really want to eat you, but there is also a civilization of tiny people who live in trees. Once Little Billy m
Little Billy, bored with being good, ignores his mother's admonition to stay out of The Forest of Sin where "none come out, but many go in." He succumbs to the Devil's invitation to explore the forest for himself. All is well until the boy hears the alarming sounds of a fire-breathing monster headed right for him. Luckily he discovers a tree of convenient size where, on climbing to its upper branches, he finds a whole village of miniature people.

I really like the idea of postage stamp-sized win
First published: 1991
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Patrick Benson
48 pages
Large format paperback
Novella length, no chapters.

The only Roald Dahl book *never* illustrated by Blake. (Quentin discusses it here, "The Minpins" was Dahl's final book and posthumously published.

"The Minpins" is an unusual Dahl story - a fairy tale but without his trademark humor. It's quite scary in the beginning but overall has a Hans Christian Anderson feel. The illustrations are
The Minpins takes the reader on an adventure to a forest where we do not know if the character is ever going to make it out of. From the beginning, the reader is left with questions; such as what is in the forest and is Little Billy going to go into the forest. In my opinion, children would love this book based off the adventure that they would go on and the suspense the book leaves behind. The illustrations in the book really help to bring the audience into the story by creating a picture of th ...more
Me gustó muchísimo. Envidio la valentía de Billy y admiro la bondad de los mimpins, junto con la solidaridad de los pájaros. El mundo que necesitamos. Y lo feo de crecer. Pero lo bonito de tener aventuras y vencer los miedos. Ay, ay, ay. Amo a Dahl.

Ojalá lo leyeran más y se hicieran menos imágenes de sus frases en tumblr.

De esta historia es otra famosa que todos ponen, pero quién sabe cuántos sí lo leen:

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest se
It was a really interesting, really quick read and really marvelous Roald Dahl picture book. It had really well-written illustrations, great characters, great adventure, really cool action and a really interesting storyline. I haven't read this book in a very long time. This is one of the best Roald Dahl books I've ever read in my whole life. I really recommend this book to kids and adults alike.
I read this only because Rain read it so fast, I couldn't believe that he had really read it. His ability to read is crazy, and he reads much faster than me now. So I had to read it in order to quiz him and see how much detail he is picking up, or if he is just skimming. Turns out, he really does read that fast. But, I am glad I read this fun little story, and I will actually go so far to say it might be one of my favorite Dahl books yet....because, at last, Dahl is not condescending of adults, ...more
Jerms O'Flynn
20 years have passed since last reading The Minpins and it is still as magical as it was when I was 7. While not Dahl's greatest work, it has its own charm (and is beautifully illustrated). If I had children this would be in regular reading rotation :)
Saradha Sukavanam
I love reading Roald Dahl to my son. These books are a great transition for 5-6 year olds from simple stories to description of vivid scenes where the kids have to visualize based on the written words. Roald Dahl transports us into a magical land !!!!

Dione Basseri
Billy's mother warns him, on no account, to go into the forest, or he will be eaten animal with a rather long name, actually. But it is brutal and he WILL be eaten!

So Billy goes into the woods.

Well. It is a children's story!

In the forest, he meets the Minpins, little people who will put you in mind of the Gatherers or the "Epic" movie. They also fear the great beast of the forest, but Billy is less than impressed. He has a plan.

I feel like this would have been even better done as a pictu
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Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Patrick Benson
Title: The Minpins

Plot: Little Billy knows that he is not supposed to go into the dark mysterious forest, but sometimes curiosity is just too tempting. Little Billy learns that his mother is right, there are terrifying creatures in the world outside his house, but there are also fabulous wonders-if you know where to look!

Setting: The Forest of Sin, Little Billy's house

Characters: Little Billy, Head Minpin

POV: 3rd Person

Theme: Discovery

Style: Children'
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"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."
"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."
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Roald 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.

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