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The Borrowers Aloft

(The Borrowers #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,667 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock -- the family of tiny Borrowers -- think they have at last found an ideal home. They've moved into a house in a miniature village built as a hobby by a retired railroad man. The village is the perfect size for the Borrowers, and after the hardships they've faced, the Clocks gratefully settle into the luxury of having a "proper" house. The ea ...more
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Orion Children's (first published January 1st 1961)
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Pod, Homily, and Arrietty finally reached the ideal village they risked their lives to get to. This turns out to be a miniature village built as a hobby by a retired railroad man. Arietty, made brave by the newly acquired stability, befriends a human bean and the family ends up being kidnapped. They will have to do the unthinkable to escape... again!

I enjoyed this series very much. I started reading it because I am a big fan of the anime, and I continued because I liked the books. Of course, you
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I found this one so unsatisfying to reread. It goes nowhere, and it's becoming ridiculous how often the Borrowers just have to move on and move on and move on, never satisfied. I did like the touch of romance between Spiller and Arriety -- I hope the final book doesn't take that away -- and I do like the little details of the world Mr Pott and Miss Menzies create.

I'm sad that there's no sign of Mrs May or Kate anymore: they've vanished out of it, even though as far as I'm concerned they were as
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read the Borrowers series once or twice as a kid, but they never caught on with me in the same way as other books. But now, on rereading, I find them completely charming: beautifully imagined, nicely framed (except for Afloat, which I don't like as much), and actually pretty philosophical. Of course, the Krushes' illustrations are delightful, as always. I'm so glad I rediscovered these books!
Kimberly Karalius
While this one was still good (Arrietty starting to have feelings for Spiller was very cute), not a lot happened and a big portion of the book was from the humans’ POV (the very beginning of the book), which was interesting but made me wonder when we’d get to the Borrowers themselves.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in "The Borrowers" series, the children's story that supposes that little people who live under the floor take all the things that are missing. In this book, our little Borrower family - Pod, Homily and Arriety - move into a miniature village called "Little Fordham". A rival mini village proprietor and his wife steal them away intending to put them on display for all to see. As the cage is prepared, the Borrowers are locked away in an impossibly high attic. How will they ...more
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in the saga. I found this and its immediate predecessor to be much stronger, much more engaging than the first two. I love the ingenuity the borrowers show, I adore that Pod listens to Arrietty with respect and admiration, and Spiller is almost (dare I say it?) sweet. Homily is a pain, but in a realistic way.
I've always liked "hidden" sequels, ones that most people don't read and/or know existed (like those to Pollyanna. Norton doesn't disappoint Borrowers fans with this one, which is more about their lives than their borrowing.
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is a funny life-changing book that keeps you from putting it down. I learned that there are people under our noses who use the stuff we lose when they find it.
I continue to be charmed by Mary Norton's engaging description of goings-on in the adult world for an audience of children. In this installment, we get five full chapters of the delightful Mr. Pott and Miss Menzies and the deplorable Mr. and Mrs. Platter. (You just *know* that if the Platters were transposed out of England in the 1800s and into modern day America, they would be Trump voters. In fact, I think I can identify their doppelgangers in my own extended family. Human nature is predictabl ...more
Nicki Hinkle
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one was even better than the first installments! It was written much more excitingly! There was never a moment when I felt that the narrative dragged on or that things were over explained or skipped over too lightly. I found myself racing to turn the pages!

If you've never read the Borrowers series, now is the time. These books are quite timeless and no one would think they were written in the 50's and 60's. They must have been well before their time because so much of the tech and invention
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, jfic, family-life
Mary Norton is one of my favorite authors. I wish there were more out there that would write in this manner. The innocent days are long gone, and there are many who miss them. The Borrowers speak of a simple life. A solid family circle, filled with love. Young Henrietti, is spunky, courageous, and inquisitive. So many children have lost that wonder due to the electronic age. Imagination seems to have gone out the window, along with the group games children used to play, with one another. I am gl ...more
Brandon Kitchen
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Very slow moving and very different from the first three in the series. I was quite disappointed that half the book doesn't even deal with the Borrowers, but instead focuses on the Borrowers being talked about. There are things that aren't quite explained and remain this way the entire book. The ending is very open ended and kind of sad. If you think that the Borrowers are going to get what they want and live happily, you're quite mistaken.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book finds the borrowers in their new home, a miniature village. However, competitors to the miniature village discover the borrowers and have plans for them for their village. This tells what happens. As always I really enjoyed this book. It is a great continuation of the borrowers story.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this next installment of the Borrowers story. I just wish they didnt have to move AGAIN! ...more
R.F. Gammon
I feel like I hated this one as a small bean.
Anna ~ Writer's block is when your imaginary friends refuse to talk to you~
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who've read the Littles
Shelves: younger-audience
Out of all the Borrowers series, I think this one was my favorite.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. I especially liked the first few chapters describing Mr. Pott and Miss Menkies and their backstories and hobbies.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
easily found as an ebook in the library - I got bogged down in reading the fourth and fifth books, often falling asleep.
Christine Lamoreaux
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Started this on the 18th. Forgot to add it. Lol. Loved it soooo much. My favorite in the series so far. The crafting of the balloon was brilliant. I admire this author so much.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finished book #4 of The Borrowers series!
Both older boys are enjoying the tales.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars
Mary Norton
“Where Borrowers Truly Belong”

Well, we have reached the fourth and last book in Mary Norton’s delightful series about a fanciful race of tiny people called Borrowers. Plucky and ingenious in order to survive in a world of giants they were living under the floorboards of a grandfather clock (hence their last name: Clock) at Firbank Manor, until they were discovered by a boy (Seen). In successive books they fled to the open field, then to a stream, and finally tra
Karen Field
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Honestly, while the story was fine, I did not enjoy this one as much as the others. The main reason is because we did not join the borrowers until Chapter 10.

Nine chapters to set up the scenario? Nine chapters without the main characters? *shakes head*

I didn’t care about the ‘big people’ or how the two small villages came about. The nine chapters could have been condensed considerably. I began reading the series for the borrowers and expect to read ‘their’ story. I felt cheated.

Once we finally
This is not The Littles! Much more sophisticated language and themes. Interesting mix: first half is all about their escape and goes into great detail on the mechanics of building the escape-vehicle-hot-air-balloon. Totally well done and of interest to a particular kind of reader. Then the last third is the family deliberating about staying in their plush new mini-home, the dream-house of the mommy Borrower. Since humans built it (and renovated it FOR them), does that put the Borrowers in danger ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book out of five in the borrowers series. In this book Arrietty and her family finally reach the village of Little Fordham a model village where they settle. However there is a simular village nearby where the owners kidnap the borrowers and lock them in an attic for the winter.

I did like this book more than i did the previous two. I did enjoy the story between the two villages and how they were trying to always better each other. I enjoyed this too as the storyline had a bit
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This fourth volume in the Borrowers series differs from its predecessors in that the thrust of the novel is on the ingenious means by which borrowers manage to maintain a lifestyle using the giant size paraphernalia they find among the belongings of humans. Not until the end of the book do we really see the intricate workings of the personalities of the borrower family that have been at the core of the previous novels.

Despite this difference, I feel this is a strong entry in the series; an engro
Eva Seyler
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Always the second high point of the series for me following the first book. Obsession with hot-air balloon stories was definitely mine. I've been noticing this read-through I'm not finding the beginnings as annoying as I used to. When I was little I was like, "Hurry up and get back to the Borrowers already," but there's quite a bit of allusion and humour in those openings as well - especially the part about the Platters, which went completely over my head back then. I doubt I even knew what an u ...more
Virginia Heart
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Another great book in the series. Mary Norton handles the series well: I don't see any repetition and each book is a wonderful work of art on its own. A lighthearted quick read that takes you back in time. It truly feels magical and the characters are developed so well! And it seems ingenious the way the author invents all these uses for common household objects. My only complaint is that the entire plot was laid out on the inside sleeve sleeves. You really must read this book from cover to cov ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
So far, its the best installment of the saga. I liked the way the borrowers fled from the Platters home and the story behind Little Fordham (which was mentioned in the previous book by the way). Now that I have finished this part, I think I have overrated The Borrowers Afield and The Borrowers Afloat, posssibly I even rated too much the initial Borrowers book.:)Lets see how it continues their adventures.;) ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mg, fantasy-sci-fi
This has been my least favorite out of the series so far. Too much time is spent with the humans talking and creating plans. The borrowers are only an after thought for the first 100 pages or so. If you skip to 3/4 of the way through the book, it finally gets good and you start to care what happens to the characters. Hopefully the final book in the series is better.
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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

Other books in the series

The Borrowers (5 books)
  • The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)
  • The Borrowers Afield (The Borrowers #2)
  • The Borrowers Afloat (The Borrowers #3)
  • The Borrowers Avenged (The Borrowers #5)