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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clock makers, and very talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels through 18th century London over rooftops, down chimneys, and into chocolate shops on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs...home. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Peachtree Publishers (first published March 7th 2013)
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Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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"We feel free when we escape — even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire." - Eric Hoffer

Lily of Lilliput was catching pincher crabs on the beach to bring home to her Nana when a giant rises from the sea, snatches her away and takes her to London. Lily plots her escape from her kidnapper. how she goes about it is more than she bargained for.

inspired by Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, author Sam Gayton takes the reader back to Lilliput and 18th century London. he was able to captur
La La
Is this a Middle Grade or a Children's book? That is the question, and why I gave it three stars. The beginning was wonderful, but I thought it was a Children's chapter book and when the ending came it was seriously too violent and scary for a Children's story. That is when I thought it might be intended as MG, but then the story would be too childish. Therein lies the major problem. Plus, there was this mind-reading thing and I didn't remember Lilliputians being able to read minds in the origin ...more
Fi's Journey
"To remind ourselves: we all come from kindness. We all sprang from the same place. The world is a gift."

Sweet, cute story about a tiny girl called Lily who is from Lilliput.
It's idea behind this story is obviously from Gulliver's Travels, which I have not read but might do after having read this one.

"She learned that the world was full of cages, and not all were built of iron. Some were made of lies or promises or secrets or questions."
Lilly of Lilliput is crabbing on the beach one day when a giant appears out of the ocean and snags her. She doesn't know this giant is Gulliver, yes that Gulliver, who has returned to Lilliput in order to kidnap a Lilliputian so he can finally provide evidence in England that his tales of travels are actually true.

Poor Lilly is kept prisoner in a bird cage, spending her time devising various ways to escape, all of which have so far failed or so she thinks. In fact one of her attempts actually ha
Barb Middleton
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lilliput is a spin-off or fan fiction of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. Gulliver has gone to the land of Lilliput and kidnapped Lily so he can restore his reputation and prove to the world that his travels were the truth. He is so bent on this mission that he does not see the immorality of holding a person captive against his or her will. When Lily puts Escape Plan Thirty-Three into motion she has just about given up hope. She is helpless against Gulliver's tyranny and authority. It isn't ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would've put 4.5 stars if I could've...
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Since he came back to London after his travels, Gulliver only has been ridiculed and laughed at. Nobody believes his stories about small people and talking horses. He needs a proof. That's why Gulliver comes back to Lilliput and kidnaps Lilly, who would be the proof he needs. Now they live in an attic in London while Gulliver writes a book about his travels, and Lilly tries endlessly to escape and come back to Lilliput.

This is the start point for Lilliput, a very well written fantastic story abo
Katy Noyes
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gulliver's Travels, as Sam Gayton here also notes, was immediately and recurringly referenced, written about, continued. It's a book that, though perfectly suitable for younger readers, often because of its satirical nature is picked up by adults.

But Gayton here reminds us why children may want to try the original. He has created a perfect sequel to Swift's book, that picks up in Lilliput years after Gulliver has first left it.

Lily is kidnapped by Gulliver when she is only six moons old. Taken
Kim McGee
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyone knows about crazy old Gulliver and his travels to an island filled with little people but what they don't know is that he returned to Lilliput and kidnapped a young girl named Lilly to prove to everyone in London that he was telling the truth. Poor Lilly is kept in a birdcage and keeps trying time and again to escape Gulliver's clutches. Until one day when she meets Finn, the clockmaker's apprentice who will do almost anything to help her with her quest to return home. This delightfully ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoy reading children books because they're funny and pretty easy to read. This one was fabulous. I loved the story and it was quite addictive too.
I listened to Gulliver's travels audiobook long time ago so I didn't remember much of the story but Lilliput is a great standalone and it can be read separately.
One thing that I didn't like was Lily. Sometimes she was annoying and I found myself hating her and I couldn't stand her more. That's why I cannot give this book a higher rating. However I
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This is good story for the 8-10 age-range. It (obviously) makes many references to Gulliver's Travels, simplifying the elements for a mid-grade audience. While this naturally involves removing a lot of the cruder parts of the original (Gulliver is amusingly appalled by Lily's Liliputian curse words), it does not flinch from showing some real cruelty. Don't skip the author's afterword, which includes some charming Gulliverian trivia!

*According to FTC standards I disclose that this book was receiv
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best fantasy book I've read since "The Grimm Legacy" by Polly Shulman. I'm not a big fan of the Fantasy genre, but this one had sparked a new interest. I loved Lily and how she helps change the people and animals she comes into contact with. I loved doll houses as a child and this book reminded me of that with all the detailed descriptions of her surroundings. Thank you Sam for rekindling my imagination. ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated this revisit of the Gulliver's Travels stories. I see that there are other authors who have ventured there but I haven't read too many of those. The story caught my attention and I was hooked, the pictures were charming to look at as well.

Now I want to read the other book I had seen featured by Sam Gayton called "The Snow Merchant".
Melanie Thompson
Taking up where Gulliver's Travels left off, this enchanting tale tells what happened when Gulliver' tak s Lilly, a Lilliputian, home to prove his stories are true. Lilly is miserable and plots to escape. Will escape plan #33 be the one?
With plenty of heroes and villains, a kindly chocolatier and a wicked clock-maker, Lilliput is delightful, exciting, and sure to please.
Varsha Seshan
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy Gulliver's Travels much, but picked this one up anyway - and enjoyed every page! And the only reason I got to read it is because it was part of the Mythical Maze challenge this year. (Seniors)
Sally Hannoush
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story. I loved the point of view of a young Lilliput girl. Seeing things through her eyes made me stop and think or other things that would have been seen differently. The story is great for all ages and has wonderful creative imagery.
Jenni Schell
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
This book was FANTASTIC. I loved every minute that I was reading it. It had so much that was familiar that it really felt like going back home in a book. Great job.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Gayton, Sam Lilliput, 236 pages. Peachtree Publishers, 2013 $9. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Lily is a young girl who lives in Lilliput. Her life is going pretty well until a giant named Lemuel Gulliver takes her away and traps her. There she must go through a smelly sock, many escape plans that fail, and watch all of her hope fade away. After a long miserable time a boy named Finn saves her and together they embark on a mission to get her back to her home, Lilliput. To
Olivia Queen
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was utterly amazing. Lily is a tiny but spirited heroine which made the story even better!

This book is quite the opposite of the original Gulliver's Travels. In here, Lily, a Lilliputian is the one being imprisoned by the giants, instead of the other way around.

We join Lily as she tries to escape from Gulliver's attic using her tiny human skills. It's a rather special book and I suggest you to read it if you ever come across it.

There was quite a shocking plot twist at the end that I
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is something so charming about a well written children's book, especially one like "Lilliput" that adds a strong female lead, a fast pace and great action. I'd recommend to anyone to give this book a read, especially those fond of "Gulliver's Travels" and its subsequent adaptations, regardless of its target demographic. This is certainly one of the better adaptations. I loved every second of it. ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully illustrated adventure that transports us to the time and place of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Author Sam Gayton and Illustrator Alice Ratteree share a welcome revisit to the magical characters and thrills of Swift's imagination and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed this warm return to friends from the past. ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Girl adventure about family and friendship based on the Gulliver's Travel stories. Enjoyable fantasy tale. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Its nice that she makes friends. It was very creative. (L, aged 5)
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this [basically fan fiction] after reading Gulliver's Travels and it was an interesting thought experiment. ...more
Sue Poduska
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful fan fiction from an old tale.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Nail-biting toward the end, but a bit slow in the beginning.
Shanshad Whelan
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Views from the Tesseract:
Gulliver’s tales of tiny people still resonate. It’s rather funny. My kids have lately fallen in love with Gulliver’s Travels (1939, Paramount Pictures) despite the animation’s age. The story of the “giant” Gulliver who comes to the land of Lilliput where he helps stop a war and unite two kingdoms is a charming and delightful one for kids. It’s a good reminder that no matter how old or dated a medium mi
Silly Sadly
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A super cute story with lots of twists and a few lessons to learn as well. Gulliver is actually not the main character in this story of a young Lilliput who is abducted from her home and grows up very far from home and has to learn to be very resourceful and keep her head the whole time. Amazing cast of characters.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet little tale!
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lilliput was just one of the places Lemuel Gulliver visited on his well-known travels. Even if you don't remember much about the other stops on his trip, it's very likely that if the title Gulliver's Travels means anything to you, you've heard of this island nation whose miniature people look up to us regular humans as we look up to giants. So imagine the terror six-moon-old Lily feels when Gulliver rears up out of the sea, making a return trip just to snatch her and bring her back to England as ...more
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Sam Gayton lives and writes in a basement, where the spiders are big and hungry. He works at a primary school in Kent. The Snow Merchant is his first book. Now it’s finished he’ll go and write another one. He can’t tell you anything except for the first line: I can’t outrun the horses.

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