Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks


3.5 stars ★ ★ ★ 1/2


Loved the movie growing up, finally read the book!

The Indian in the Cupboard is set in England with the main character being Omri. It's Omri's birthday and  the day started off not so good when his best friend Patrick gives him an ordinary secondhand plastic Indian man, the problem with the gift is that Omri has enough plastic toy figures at home and he is getting fed up with them by now. But for the sake of being nice he tells Patrick he loves it and goes on home for family tea. 

When he arrives home his family was there to give him gifts, he got a skateboard from his mom and dad, a helmet from one bother, and a old medicine cupboard from his other brother that he found because he didn't have money to buy anything else, which oddly out of all the gifts Omri received he was most happy to get the cupboard because he liked having a place to put his stuff neatly on, since the rest of his room was usually a mess. The only thing that that he needed now was a key to the cupboard to lock it, luckily his mother had a box full of different type of keys. 

Omri tried every key until he found the right one, a tiny one with neat designs and a red ribbon, that belonged to his moms grandmother's jewel box that has since been broke but his mom kept the key. Omri went to bed as usual and put his plastic Indian in the cupboard and locked it, but in the morning he woke to noises coming from the cupboard... Once he opened it to his astonishment he seen that the plastic indian man came to life! He don't know how, the key or the cupboard was somehow magical! But he was still in shock as was the tiny REAL Indian man looking up at Omri's giant body.. Omri decides to keep him (Little Bear was his name) as a friend but soon finds out its not easy to be responsible for another human being no matter if regular size or 3 inches tall. Omri now has to take care of himself and Little Bear all while keeping his excitement contained and not to tell anyone, not even his best friend Patrick, but once he finally does things go wrong causing chaos.

As a 90s child this was one movie that fascinated me and I watched often. I loved it! I never got the chance to read it growing up but while organizing my books I came across it and decided I'd give it a read to see how it is, I enjoyed it. The writing was great even for a children's book. It was a magical adventure like the movie, but I didn't love it. I think the reason is because as an adult I'm not able to appreciate the full affect as if I was to read it when I was younger or maybe if I haven't already seen the movie so many times I would been more transfixed in the story, either way it wasn't a bad book, it was good. I seen that there are sequels, maybe someday I'll check them out or some of Lynne Reid Banks other works.

All comments are welcomed! :)