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The Indian In The Cupboard (Rack) [Paperback]

Lynne Reid Banks
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July 1 1995

It all started with a birthday present Omri didn't want -- a small, plastic Indian that 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.

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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 is also available in Spanish (La Llave Magica.) (The publisher recommends this book for children ages 9-12, although younger kids will enjoy hearing it read aloud.) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


"A Superb Fantasy" -- --Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"A wondeful Story" -- --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Lynne Reid Banks touches a nerve in young people-adults,too-and touches it with wit, excitement, and poignancy." -- -- Lloyd Alexander

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of The Indian April 7 2002
By A Customer
I hadnt read the first in this series for quite a long time so i was a bit hazy on the details. But once i started reading it i started remembering it all.It's the kind of book that you can pick up at any time and you will still be captivated and enthralled with it.
It all starts with Omri winning a writing competition that he based on his experience with Little Bull(The indian)and Boone(the cowboy).He decides that he wants to share the moment with the little indian and the cowboy. But when Omri brings the little Indian back he finds Twin Stars(Little Bull's wife)crouching over a rather solemn and ill looking LittleBull.
As it gets further into the book Omri meets up with his old friend Patrick who hed shared the secret with and who had moved away. But Patrick has tried to block out the memory of the Cupboard and the little Plastic figures. But when Omri shows him again the magic of the cupboard Patrick cannot help being caught up in the excitement.
When they bring Boone back he is still his same loud and cheeful self and Little Bull is equally pleased to be reunited with his old friend.
Patrick and Omri get into their same michief when they try to bring back more indians to help fight the war that is attacking Little Bull's Tribe.
This is the kind of book that leaves you opening keys to cupboards....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard Jan. 29 2000
By A Customer
This book is about a boy named Omri, and his friends Patrick, Little Bear the Indian,and Boone a cowboy. Omri receives Little Bear as a birthday present from Patrick. He was not too excited about this little toy. He was even more excited about an old cupboard his brother gave him. He needed a key for the cupboard, and luckily Omri`s mother collected keys. The one that belonged to Omri`s Great Grandmother fit. It had a red satin ribbon attached to it. He didn`t have anything to put in the cupboard so his mother said to put in the Indian Patrick gave him. He put in the Indian and turned the key. What happens next is a secret that only you can know by reading the book. I found that I disliked Patrick very much during the book. He never thought twice about what he said,or did. For instance he was about to show Little Bear and Boone to other children, but Omri stopped him. Also I could tell Omri was a fast learner because he learned really fast that Little Bear was a real person. As Omri says it they are "real people". This means they are from their own time period, and you can`t tell them what to do. Lynne Reid Banks is great at grabbing peoples` attention by an interesting plot, and a nice book cover. Banks is also aware that people reading her books might not understand the British words so she put definitions at the beginning of the book. One of the definitions is football-the British word for soccer. Banks is not good at using descriptive language. In my opinion it is a third to fourth grade reading level book. The plot of the book was easy to follow because of the easy vocabulary. This book is great to read because it teaches a little about the Ondondaga. If you liked the "Littles" series you are sure to like this book even more. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite ever Jan. 25 2000
By davone
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks was a very good book. The story is about a liitle boy, his bully for a brother and his poor mom. It was Omri's birthday and his older brother got him a little Indian action figure. He loved it and his grandmother gave him a wooden cupboard to put his Indian and all of his other action figures in it. When it was time for Omri to go to bed that night, he put all of his action figures in it and closed the cupboard. Omri didnt know he needed a key to unlock the cupboard the next day. So after school Omri asked his mom for a key and she went to her room and came back with a big bowl of keys and told him to look through it and try to find one that matched the key slot on the cupboard. Omri looked and looked and he finally found one.
Omri had a friend named Patrick, and it was Patrick who gave Omri a cowboy action figure for his birthday. Omri and Patrick went to Omri's house and put the new figure ihn the cupboard. That night Omri heard some noises in the cupboard. He walked over and opened it and all the action figures in it were going to war. Omri seperated them them all and and solved that problem, but for now it's to be continue until you read the great, amazing and interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From a 28-year-old fan Jan. 14 2000
When I was younger I had an idea that I was going to read all the books in the library (all the ones that looked remotely interesting, anyway). Whenever I went to the stacks I always started at the beginning of the alphabet and worked my way down from there. This is how I discovered Lloyd Alexander and Scott Corbett, and also Lynne Reid Banks. I was quite thrilled when I picked up "The Indian in the Cupboard," just from the picture on the front--I'm always looking for stories about little people (don't ask me why, it's just this thing...). I loved the book and was always pleased when a new one came out. I introduced my roommate at BYU to the series when she was taking Children's Lit. She was the one who first saw the movie trailer and told me about it. We were both so excited for the movie and both awfully disappointed. I'm glad they made it because it introduced so many more people to Banks, but the movie for me did not capture any of the magic.
Just read "The Key to the Indian." I'm curious to see if she'll do anything else now!
I have enjoyed all of her books that I've read, and was especially impressed with "One More River."
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little mislead and disappointed
I got the proper edition of the book (80s) version, but i got the dust cover for a newer edition of the book (it was the movie poster dust cover). Read more
Published 19 months ago by PJ Sayo
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This is a terrific book-good story,memorable characters, imaginative and exciting. My kids loved it when they were little, and now I'm buying it for the grandkids.
Published on Jan. 29 2012 by pickyconsumer
4.0 out of 5 stars price of item
I love this story and wanted to buy a copy, but cannot understand why it is priced at $181.48!
Published on Dec 27 2009 by Catherine Kwiatkowski
2.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Audiobook - Educators Beware
I recently purchased the audiobook of The Indian in the Cupboard for use in my classroom. I work with students who struggle with their reading and reading along with an audiobook... Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by N. Madsen
3.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard Review by: Shonnette
The Indian in the Cupboard is a tale of a boy who gets what he thought was just a useless, thoughtless, musky, old cupboard given to him as a birthday gift. Read more
Published on March 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard
This is such a great book! At 16 my daughter still enjoys reading and re-reading this incredible journey into fantasy. Read more
Published on March 14 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!
At some parts in the book I wish I was stuck in a cupboard rather than reading the book because I could find more interest in the wall of the cupboard then I found in this book. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was OK....
This Book is OK because it's funny and interesting. It was sad because the boy started crying at the end of the book when the indian left him. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars the indian in the cupboer
I think that the story was cool. Because the toys become real. I never read a story like that that was the cool part. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book
i loved this book by lynne reid banks.
little bear is my favriot because he is is so bossy.
i think everboby would lver this book. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2001
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