This is a wonderful book to read aloud! The only problem I had with the story was the setting - no matter what the author wrote I kept seeing it set in New York City. Then the movie came out and I was totally vindicated! The first of a looonnnnggg series of books! Children form attachments and obcessions easily, so if it is for great writing I say BRING IT ON!
I read this book in 5th or 6th grade shortly after I read the Bridge to Terabithia. After I read this book I went out and rented the movie. Although the movie doesn't do it justice. The book is a lot better than the movie. Great story, definitely worth a read.
What a way to learn about Indian life! The magic is so real. The concept is so incredible--little toy figures coming to life, not as toys, but as real humans from another time.
I read it to my children and they loved it and kept wanting to do the series.
I absolutely love this book. I remember reading it when I was in grade school. I thought it wasn't my type of book, but I had to read it for school, and I LOVED it! I got it this time for my daughter to read, but she hasn't yet. I think we will start this one soon for our bedtime stories. I can't wait to read it again.
[from the back cover] It all started with a birthday present Omri didn't want---a small, plastic indian that was no use to him at all. But an old wooden cupboard and a special key brought his unusual toy to life. And then even stranger things began to happen---wonderful, secret, dangerous ...magical things.
So glad I had a kid who wanted to read this book because I never would have read it otherwise, and I believe I enjoyed it just as much, if not more. It's GREAT. Highly recommend for all ages. Perfect beach book for whole family.
What could be better than a magic cupboard that turns small toys into living creatures? Omri's big brother has no birthday present for him, so he gives Omri an old medicine cabinet he's found. Although their mother supplies a key, the cabinet still doesn't seem like much of a present. But when an exhausted Omri dumps a plastic toy Indian into the cabinet just before falling asleep, the magic begins. Turn the key once and the toy comes alive; turn it a second time and it's an action figure again.
The Indian in the Cupboard is one of those rare books that is equally appealing to children and adults. The story of Omri and the Indian, Little Bear, is replete with subtle reminders of the responsibilities that accompany friendship and love. For kids, it's a great yarn; for most parents, it's also a reminder that Omri's wrenching decision to send his toy back to its own world is not so different from the recognition of their children's emerging independence.
THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD deserves a place of honor beside Mary Norton's "The Borrowers" and E.B. White's "Stuart Little." Lynne Reid Banks possesses that rare ability to blend the drama and humor of everyday life with utterly believable fantasy. ST LOUIS POST
THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD "deserves a place of honor beside Mary Norton's "The Borrowers" and E. B. White's "Stuart Little". Lynne Reid Banks possesses that rare ability to blend the drama and humor of everyday life with utterly believable fantasy"