So, looking for this book on Amazon, I noticed that there are actually 5 borrowers books! I had no idea. Anyway. We went to see “The Secret World of Arrietty” this past weekend, and it was actually less interesting than I thought it would be, but you’ll hear more about that tomorrow. Anyway, I realized that I haven’t ever reviewed the original borrowers book, so I’m going to do it today.
Book: The Borrowers
Author: Mary Norton
Year Published: 1952
Genre: Children’s literature
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Target Audience: Kids
Setting: The Victorian times, I think.
Characters: Arrietty, her mother Homily, her dad Pod, the boy, the boy’s family. In the book, the boy doesn’t have a name
Plot: For many years, tiny little people known as “Borrowers” have lived in people’s homes. Every time something small goes missing, it’s supposedly because of them. A boy gets sent from India to recover in the country. While there, he runs across a tiny family of Borrowers and befriends them. He gives the family presents, and Arrietty reads to him. Eventually, trouble starts and they are found out.
Thoughts: Although this book is kind of slow and written for children in the 1950s, so there is nothing sensational in the book, I kind of like it. I like the idea of tiny people living in your house and stealing your stuff. This is the kind of thing I came up with when I was a child. I think this is a great read-aloud story for kids of all ages, or a fun story for younger kids to read on their own.