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The Minpins

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,053 Ratings  ·  209 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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Miranda Reads
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Illustrations and Fun Storyline.

This book takes a unique approach to the small-world idea. Little Billy (points off for that name) goes off on an adventure to the woods, despite his mother's warning.

There he meets the Minpins - a miniature race that lives in the trees - that are terrorized by a forest creature made of fire. Extremely enjoyable to read!
Anna Kļaviņa
“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.

Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah by: Matt
This was not one of my favorite Roald Dahl books. That is probably because almost every item and descriptive word was made up and not real. I really had to expand my mind to follow a long and to picture what he was talking about.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I actually really liked this story. You can tell it's a Dahl story by the way it was written, but it a different kind of plot for him. Reminded me of the Borrowers and Adventures of Nils with a bit of a Jabberwocky feel.
Megan Chard
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Tynkätyiset on kaunis satu puissa asuvasta pikkuruisesta kansasta. En löytänyt Dahlin perinteistä tyyliä hänen viimeisimpien joukkoon lukeutuvasta teoksesta, vaikka tarinassa tapahtuukin kaikenlaista. Patrick Bensonin kuvitus täydentää kerrontaa lumoavasti. Teos vertautuu Mary Nortonin Kätkijöihin, Marjatta Kurenniemen Puuhisiin ja Timothée de Fombellen Tobi Lolnessiin.

Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب خوبی بود
کتابهای آقای دال هم قصههای خوبی دارند، و هم ساده و روان روایت میشن
این کتاب علاوه بر اینها، نقاشیهای فوقالعادهای داشت
با دیدن این کتاب، قشنگ حس کردم که توی تصویرگری چقدر عقبتریم از دنیا
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
Brigitte Balster
De Minpins
Roald Dahl

Dit is (mede) het favoriete boek van mijn stageklas (groep 5), alle boeken van Roald Dahl vallen in de smaak bij de leerlingen van groep 5.
'Wie niet in wonderen gelooft, zal ze ook nooit ontdekken', deze afsluitzin van het boek van Roald Dahl vind ik erg sterk: Kleine Heintje geloofde eerst niet wat hij zag toen hij de Minpins (kleine wezentjes) in de boom tegenkwam, het werd nog gekker toen alle soorten vogels landden in de boom om de minpins mee te nemen om voedsel te hale
Luin tämän kirjan ääneen miehelleni hänen laittaessaan ruokaa. :)

Alku oli hurjan jännittävä, lähes puhdasta kauhua, joten voisin ehkäpä suositella tätä luokassa luettavaksi kauhukertomukseksi esimerkiksi kakkosille tai kolmosille.

Tämän huippujännittävän osuuden jälkeen tapaamme tynkätyiset ja silloin tunnelma hetkeksi lässähtää, mutta pian jännitys onneksi alkaa taas kutkutella.

Loppu oli niin hieno että nousi melkein pala kurkkuun:

"Mutta ennen kaikkea, katsele kirkkain silmin koko maailmaa ymp
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Et, surtout, ayez bien les yeux grands ouverts sur le monde entier, car les plus grands secrets se trouvent toujours aux endroits les plus inattendus.
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
Dom Salmon
Tame stuff for Dahl, but enjoyable enough. The story of Little Billy, who wanders into the Forest of Sin, despite his mother's warnings about the 'Terrible Bloodsuckling Toothpluckling Stonechuckling Spittler!'. Hiding in a tree from the fearsome beast, Billy encounters the Minpins, a Borrowers-sized people who live inside the trees of the forest and wear special Wellyesque suction boots to aid their comings and goings up and down and along the branches. With them, Billy cooks up a plan to end t ...more
Homa Lezgee
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out later that this book was published after Roald Dahl’s death and I started to think if he were alive he would have changed a lot of things about it before he ever published it. Of course it’s a good book in itself but to me it seems like a first draft. This is where he would tear it all up and write it all again, keeping the main idea but adding plot lines and characters or turns of events that make his children’s books so delicious. A sweet story about a good boy who defeats a monste ...more
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Rosa Mitchell
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks1, fantasy
Age Group: Year 3 max.

+ simple story following a clear structure
+ fantasy creatures
+ an element of wonder (what does the monster look like?)
- not very exciting
- very simple, abrupt ending

Curriculum Links:
> English (story, creatures, synonyms, onomatopoeia)
> Maths (time and measurement)
> Science (sound, smell, birds)
> Computing (design signs, selling houses)
> DT (scale models, puppets, houses)
> Art (storyboard, paintings, cutting, drawing)
> Geography (maps, world-flight)
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was more of a 2 star book overall, it just didn't have as much goofy sass as I normally like from Dahl. But there were some real gems in there:

"But sometimes mysteries are more intriguing than their explanations."

"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."
Pippa Jessop
My year 2 teacher used to read a few pages of this story to us everyday before home time and I remember being so excited to listen to more and more of it. I'm not sure I would choose this to read to my own class as I think there are better stories to choose, but it's definitely worth reading in your own time!
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
The first Dahl I ever read, and the last he wrote. A typically great Dahl tale with child eating monsters and little people who live in trees and fly about on birds.

Milad Ghezellu
داستانی که فضای آشنایی برای بچهها داره، اینکه شیطونی نکنن و بچهی خوبی باشن. خواننده با بیلی در ماجرای چند ساعتهای که داره همراه میشه و آدم کوچولوها رو میبینه و بچهها بعد از خوندن این کتاب شاید دقت بیشتری به اطرافشون کنن. ...more
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cute little story about tiny people. I like that they can ride birds. Enjoyable.
Catherine Johnson
Wonderful story about a boy who is chased through a wood by a fire breathing monster and discovers a whole community in a tree.

I love Roald Dahl!
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older children
Recommended to Charlotte by: Found it in library
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.
Lili Gonzalez Molina
Dahl, R. (1988). Los mimpins. Reino Unido: Alfaguara

Roald Dahl nació el 13 de septiembre de 1916 en Llandaff. Uno de sus momentos más conocido fue cuando estudió en la Repton School, en Derbyshire, en una fábrica de chocolates Cadbury. Roald siempre había querido fabricar chocolatinas para Caldbury y fue lo que le inspiró para escribir su libro más conocido: Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate. Además, también escribió otros relatos más autobiográficos y algunos textos que rememoran su infancia. A
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Roald Dahl's for most of my life (from the age of about seven or so until now - I'm at the arse-end of my thirties), but I don't ever remember reading The Minpins before, for some reason. I don't know why I missed out on it, to be honest. I jumped at the chance at buying this when I saw this on sale in a local shop, primarily because I didn't know the story. I'm glad I did, because it was a nice, quick read, very surreal and funny as usual! I loved the funny names for the mo ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a bit strange. It kind of takes elements from the Bible (the Forest of Sin being similar to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil), Lord of the Rings (the Monster is similar in description to the Balrog), as well as connections to other Roald Dahl books. But strange as it is, I kind of enjoyed it. There wasn’t a ton of plot. A boy goes into the forest, he is chased by a monster, he discovers Minpins, and they work together to defeated the monster. It’s simple but it’s fun and k ...more
Louise Jones
i have read most of Dahl books as kid but not this one because of my youngest niece i am reading Dahl him again like alot of his books alot of made up words which i like and again like Dahl other books their is a creepy feeling abt it i thinkit is more suitable for older primary school kids but who knows it is very clever as shows it is ok to go outside and have adventures and their is always a mixture of nice things and nasty i love the way it ends making you think you never know what is about ...more
Rene Ijzermans
Een aardig vertelling van Dahl. Na bijna alles van hem te hebben gelezen, worden zijn maniertjes van schrijven vooral in kleine verhalen steeds duidelijker en dus minder verrassend. "Heintje en de minipins" was weer zo'n verhaal dat weliswaar makkelijk leest, maar toch vooral tot een boek is gemaakt door opnieuw de vele illustraties van Blake. Jammer, want daardoor krijg ik het idee dat het hem vooral om productie te doen is.
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