A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2019 |
Roald Dahl’s dramatic last story is perfectly matched for the first time by Quentin Blake’s new illustrations in a beautifully produced edition. Billy is told by his mum that he must never go out through the garden gate and into the dark wood. But how can he resist the attraction of the wood and what is in it? Billy heads into the wood and meets the Minpins, delightful tiny creatures who live inside the hollow trees. And the Minpins are terrified. The dreadful Gruncher is destroying them and they need Billy’s help to stop him. Soon Billy finds himself at the centre of a thrilling adventure that is literally a matter of life and death. Roald Dahl’s story-telling skills look as bright as ever.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks for January 2019:
Lark by Anthony McGowan
Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood
Dear Zoo Snuggle Book by Rod Campbell
Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy
Billly and the Minpins by Roald Dahl
Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay
A BRAND-NEW EDITION, ILLUSTRATED IN GLORIOUS FULL COLOUR BY QUENTIN BLAKE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?
|Publication date:||10th January 2019|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents – the child of a second marriage. His father and elder sister died when Roald was just three. His mother was left to raise two stepchildren and her own four children. Roald was her only son. He had an unhappy time at school - at Llandaff Cathedral School, at St Peter’s prep school in Weston-super-Mare and then at Repton in Derbyshire. Dahl’s unhappy time at school was to influence his writing greatly. He once said that what distinguished him from most other children’s writers was &...More About Roald Dahl