This is one of my favourite stories, as a child and an adult. I love any Roald Dahl book!
I’ve read this to it all my classes and hope that they get lost in the same world of fantasy and adventure as I do when I read it.
The story is about a little boy called Billy who goes against his mother’s word and explores the world outside his garden. He disappears into the forbidden forest and this is where the adventure begins...
He soon comes across the fearsome, galloping Gruncher. He narrowly escapes and makes friends with ‘The Minpins’ which opens up a world of adventure for him.
The children always say to me ‘Minpins aren’t real’ and I say ’how do you know? Have you ever looked closely at the trees?’
I love the pause and look of wonder on their faces.
I still look carefully when I’m out walking in the hope that one day I might just spot a secret little door or window, high up in the trees, belonging to a Minpin.