The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)

Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Classic, Fantasy

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Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life, but boring if you’re a kid. Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won’t listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.

Pretty much everyone has heard of the little people under the floorboards who borrow things, until recently I had no idea this was actually a book!

After reading it I have decided that is a childhood must! The whole book has so much creativity and the imagination of Mary Norton phenomenal. You can see why this is loved by so many people, the whole pretence of little people living under the floorboards is so interesting! I’m sure many children grew up believing it and it would also account for all those little things that have gone missing over the years.  The story is so magical and I think every child should experience the magical world of the borrowers!

It is such an interesting world, how they use things in their houses e.g. a cigar box as a bedroom, you have to keep reading because it’s so interesting to see how they use these things and they are so clever! They’ve even managed to get hot and cold water from the pipes! It was so fun to read about how everyday items can be transformed into different things used for completely different purposes in the borrower’s lives.

I have grown up with this story having watched the film many times as a child however now being older and reading the book it’s just so much more fun and shows what a great writer Norton is because you are so absorbed in the world of these little people, you get a glimpse into her amazing imagination and I absolutely love it!

The only downside I had was that because of the books age some of the objects now aren’t really used therefore for some younger children it might be difficult to get into the story because they aren’t sure what some of the objects are however the book itself is old and it was obviously written for it’s time so I cannot complain at all. I’m just pointing out that younger readers may have some issues with imagining some of the items (although I’m sure a quick google search could clear up any confusion).

The book has many different aspects that I’m sure children of all ages will enjoy. It will certainly leave you wondering if Borrowers do really exist and maybe you’ll think of them next time something goes missing – maybe they borrowed it? The book is full of adventure and daring and it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: A beautiful children’s story


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