The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton ; Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush.
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Hardcover. 298 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm. In original dust jacket, with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
THE BORROWERS AVENGED
Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush
It was thirty years ago that Mary Norton first created the Borrowers, and the adventures of these tiny people have enchanted children ever since.
The Borrowers own nothing, borrow everything, and think that "human beans" were invented just to do the dirty work. As Arrietty says, "Human beans are for Borrowers—like bread is for butter!" These small, secret people can use all our apparently huge everyday objects in their own special ways: a cigar box can be made into a bed,' a thimble used as a cooking pot. . .
This book follows the adventures of the resourceful Clock family, Pod, Homily, and Arrietty, as they find a new home after escaping from the wicked Platters, who want to put them on display in a model village. For the Borrowers, danger is never very far away: they must avoid the great disaster of "being seen." How Arrietty and her family manage—just—to keep away from humans makes an exciting and entertaining story, ingeniously told.
Mary Norton was born in the early 1900s in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, where she grew up in the Big House of The Borrowers. Her earliest ambition was to become an actress, and she was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Company for about a year during the 1920s. She gave up the theatre to marry Robert C. Norton, one of a famous ship-owning family, and went to live with him in Portugal. It was there that her four children were born and where she first began writing. She lived in America for a while, writing occasional adult stories and articles, and on returning to Britain in 1943, began writing a children's book, as well as taking up her acting work again.
Mary Norton's first book was published in 1945, but it was in 1952 that she wrote the book which established her as one of the foremost children's writers of her generation. This was The BoiTowers, and it won the Carnegie Medal for 1952. Mary Norton has said that the original idea for The Borrowers came from her own childhood when she used to play out elaborate games with small, painted china dolls on the floor of her home. Three further sequels have been published, The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, and The Bonvwers Aloft. These four Borrowers books are available both in hardcover and paperback.
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