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Billy and the Minpins

Billy and the Minpins

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Soon, Little Billy is walking through the forest when he hears something coming after him, and runs to escape it. The colour illustrations in the earlier version are cross-hatched and allow scenes to play out on a broad canvas. Worst of all is the Terrible Blood-Suckling Tooth-Pluckling Stone-Chuckling Spittler, who chases his prey while clouds of hot red smoke pour out of his nose, and then swallows them up in one gulp. 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. The text in this edition of Billy and the Minpins was updated in 2022 for young independent readers.

The leader of the Minpins, Don Mini, tells Little Billy that the monster waiting under the tree is not the Spittler (which the Minpins have never heard of), but the Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher, who grunches up everything in the forest. 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.My daughter bought this with her birthday money, it was delivered quickly thanks to Prime and she was finished it within a few hours. He escapes what he is sure must be the Spittler by climbing up a tree as high and as fast as he can. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.

The book feels more grown-up than the picture book version, as the story is now divided into 10 chapters. 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.

The book was republished in 2017 under the title Billy and the Minpins with new illustrations by Dahl's primary illustrator, Quentin Blake. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

I think I might be keen to see Dahl's estate put out a colour edition of this Blake edition of the Minpins. It was published in 1991, shortly after Dahl's death in November 1990, and is the author's final work of literature. She tells him of the Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers and Vermicious Knids (creatures first mentioned in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator) that live in the forest. 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.

When he comes to rest, he notices windows opening all over the branches, and discovers a whole city of little people, the Minpins, living inside the tree. It may be different from Benson's naturalistic picture book illustrations, but it has its own rewards to devotees of Dahl and Blake.

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