Lilliput

Lilliput

Book - 2015
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Three-inch-tall Lily has been trapped in a bird cage for half of her life while her giant captor, Gulliver, writes a book about his travels but she finally escapes and, aided by a clockmaker's apprentice and his friends, makes plans to leave London and return home to Lilliput. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels.
Publisher: Atlanta : Peachtree, 2015
ISBN: 9781561458066
Branch Call Number: J GAYTON
Characteristics: 251 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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FindingJane Dec 11, 2016

“Gulliver’s Travels” was the inspiration for this utterly original bit of fantasy and it’s a taut, swiftly paced action adventure. The author could have had the Lilliputian Lily racing all over London, seeing the sights and meeting loads of new people. That would have been fun but an entirely different book. What we have here is a race against time (Lilliputians age faster than humans, whom they term giants) and a need to get away from Lily’s captor—no less than Lemuel Gulliver himself.

This is light reading but by no means frivolous. Swift intended his novel to be social satire and there’s a hint of that here. We see her plight from Lily’s point of view as she hates her captor and can’t stand being enslaved by him for his own selfish purposes. But we get the story from Gulliver’s viewpoint as well. Someone once stated that no one wants to be thought of as a bad person and Gulliver doesn’t see himself as being evil when he locks Lily up in a cage and stuffs her in a sock in order to punish her. He simply wants the world to know that he’s not a fraud or a madman and needs her as proof of his legitimacy and sanity.

Lily was a little girl when she was captured. But she’s growing up fast and learning courage and gaining empathy. It makes her a truly special kind of heroine and this a terrific middle-grade book. I read it all in one sitting and it actually made me eager to re-read the original Swift novel. The book even includes an afterword that gives us how the author came to the decision to write this story. That’s worth reading, too.

This novel was an impulse buy but I don’t regret it. Try it and see if it doesn’t lead you to Swift’s door.

Ms_Gaye Sep 10, 2015

Kidnapped and caged by the giant Gulliver, tiny Lily is always attempting escape in order to get back home. Finally she finds an ally to help her, but the evil clockmaker living downstairs has other plans for her. A good choice for fans of fantasy, adventure and fairy tales. Grades 4-6.

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