- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 50644 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; 01 edition (7 September 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WD85HV8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 225 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Billy and the Minpins (illustrated by Quentin Blake) Kindle Edition
Audio Cassette, Audiobook, Import
|Length: 94 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Language: English||Age Level: 5 - 12|
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The Minpins taps into the powerful, wonderful child's fantasy of discovering a hidden civilization of tiny folk that accepts and honors him or her. The very best part of this fairy tale is the denouement, where Billy receives the gift of nightly escape on the wings of a swan. One of Roald Dahl's only picture books--with fabulously crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations by Patrick Benson--The Minpins is superb for reading aloud to the three- to eight-year-old set. And it culminates in a sentence or two of advice that your children just might remember for the rest of their lives. (Ages 3 to 8) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I know that the original Patrick Benson picture book illustrations for the Minpins are more suited to the atmosphere of the story and I know that the re-illustrated versions of the pre-1978 Dahl stories might be a mere cash grab by Dahl's estate and publishers. However, this new Minpins hardback is like a capstone to the Dahl & Blake collaboration. Initially I was surprised that Blake would want to attempt the story, but when I purchased my copy of the book, I felt relieved that he adapted his style well the demands of the story.
Blake's illustrations are in a different style from the Benson originals. The original Benson pictures were naturalistic and atmospheric. The colour illustrations in the earlier version are cross-hatched and allow scenes to play out on a broad canvas. In contrast, Blake is more sprightly and more close-up and his illustrations accompany the story at every step. Occasionally the vignettes don't place themselves within a context, but we can still have an idea of the scene even when viewing these drawings. I have to admit that sometimes the atmosphere in the Benson pictures obscures the actors in the story, and so it's hard to see Billy, the minpins and the birds when they are not brought into the foreground. Some people may think that Blake's style better fits the Dahl books of the early 1980s, but here Blake shows remarkable restraint in depicting Billy's adventures with the Minpins.
The book feels more grown-up than the picture book version, as the story is now divided into 10 chapters. As such, it has a bit more stature to it and can take its place alongside the three other novellas in Dahl's corpus.
Don't be afraid - this Blake Minpins hardback does more than justice to the story. It may be different from Benson's naturalistic picture book illustrations, but it has its own rewards to devotees of Dahl and Blake.
I think I might be keen to see Dahl's estate put out a colour edition of this Blake edition of the Minpins.