Published in 2017
Billy and the Minpins was Roald Dahl's last children's book. It has now been illustrated by Quentin Blake.
When Little Billy sneaks into the forest he meets thousands of tiny surprises: the Minpins. His new friends live in miniature houses inside hollow trees. But every one is terrified of a Fearsome Beast - and if Billy wants to go home he must defeat it once and for all!
The Minpins was Roald Dahl's last children's book. Like many of his other stories, it was partially inspired by the countryside around where he lived. The wood at the top of the field behind Roald's house was even known as the Minpin forest. It also has a connection to another of his books - Little Billy's mother tells him that the Forest of Sin is home to creatures including Vermicious Knids, which are the alien-like creatures that also appear in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
The Minpins was published in 1991, not long after Roald's death in November 1990. It was illustrated by Patrick Benson. In 2017, the story has been published as Billy and the Minpins, Roald's original name for the book, and illustrated by Quentin Blake.
The last line of the story is one of the most-repeated Roald Dahl quotes...
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places...
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...Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
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