By Mary Norton
Review: This book was alright; it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best either. The beginning was very interesting, and I flew through the first couple of chapters, and though the plot never really slows down (it actually gets consistently better), this book wasn’t really my type.
Nevertheless, Mary Norton is an excellent writer, and the version of the book I read had illustrations on it, which made the book much more enjoyable. But honestly, you don’t even need the illustrations because the author provides a lot of imagery. It was very cool to see how the Borrowers lived, and how they turned the things they borrowed into household appliances for their use.
I really liked the human boy that Arrietty encountered, and I wish they had more time to develop their friendship before the Clocks were forced to move out. I just found out that there’s a Disney movie made about this (The Secret World of Arrietty), so I’m going to make a mental note to watch that sometime soon.
The ending was a bit abrupt, and there are understandably loose ends as this book is part of a series, but I’m really not interested enough to continue reading the rest of the books in the series.
Favorite Quote: “Mrs. May looked back at her. ‘Kate,’ she said after a moment, ‘stories never really end. They can go on and on and on. It’s just that sometimes, at a certain point, one stops telling them.'”