Title: The Indian in the Cupboard
Author: Lynne Reid Banks
Page Count/Review Word Count: 219
Well, this is a blast from the past, a classic book from my childhood and the inspiration for a 1995 film. The Indian in the Cupboard tells the story of a young boy called Omri, who’s given a magical cupboard for his birthday – when Omri locks one of his toys inside the cupboard, it comes to life!
It’s an interesting idea, and one that appealed to me as an only child – I always wished I had a magical cupboard of my own. Sadly, it turns out that it doesn’t matter how many times you try it, and with how many different cupboards, it’s just impossible to bring plastic figurines to life.
It’s nice to pretend though, and the book’s a good read for a youngster – in fact, it’s been included within the teaching curriculum for young readers, from time to time.
I’m not going to lie, I still read children’s novels, despite being in my mid-twenties – some books, like Alice in Wonderland, are both timeless and ageless, and you can enjoy them at any age. The Indian in the Cupboard is very much for the young – don’t read it past the age of thirteen.