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The Indian In The Cupboard (Rack) Paperback – Jul 1 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Grade; Reprint edition (July 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380725584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380725588
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,729,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By A Customer on July 3 2002
Format: DVD
When you first see Omri, a kid who's short, has messy hair and not the greatest teeth in the world, you don't think anything interesting can happen to him. But something does. His best friend, Patrick, gives him a toy Indian for his birthday. At his party, his brother gives him an old cupboard that he found in the crawlspace of their house. Omri's mother tells Omri that if he can find a key out of her collection, he can have it. He does. It was a key that his great-grandmother gave to his mother.
When Omri carelessly puts the toy Indian into the cupboard and locks it, the toy comes to life.
At first, the Indian (Little Bear) is scared, but eventually learns to trust Omri. Omri gives Little Bear whatever he desires, tools, food, and a hatchett from a knight! However, when he was getting a bow and arrow from an old Indian, the Indian is scared to death--literally! Omri realizes that these "Toys" have real lives and that they aren't something to fool around with. When Patrick discovers Omri's secret, he brings back a Cowboy named Boone. Little Bear and Boone eventually become friends. Omri takes Boone and Little Bear to school (Patrick wanted him to) and Omri displays that he has learned that the "toys" were people by saying "You can't! They're people! You can't use people!" When Patrick was going to show them to friends. Omri's brother takes Omri's cupbaord as a cruel joke and the key gets lost! What's worse, Boone is seriously wounded, and without medical attention, he will die! Omri realizes that Little Bear and Boone's safety and hapiness meant more to him than the novelty of having them. So Omri declares that when the key was found, they were sending Boone and Little Bear home.
The key is eventually found, and Omri is forced to let Little Bear and Boone go. Little Bear and Omri share one last moment, and then he sends them back.
This was a very good movie, at least fo me, and it's a good movie for kids to watch.
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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). On the bright side, the condition of the book is excellent.
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By A Customer on April 7 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: DVD
Frank Oz is a man of amazing conquests, not only is he the voice and puppeteer for many of the most loved puppets of all time, for example Yoda and Miss Piggy, he is also a heck of a creative director. THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD is based on the popular series of the same name and is a beautiful movie. The script was adapted by Melissa Matheson, the former Mrs Harison Ford and writer of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Her touch is seen in both films, and one of the elements that strengthened E.T., weakens this film with its absence. The young boy in ET befriends an alien that is stranded here on earth. There relationship is important because Elliot is from a broken home and almost a loner. Omri, our hero in THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD comes from a loving, normal family so his relationship with the Indian does not carry the same importance with the viewer. Still, Director Oz fills the film with subtle intelligence, a great musical score by Randy Edelman, and some wonderful special effects. His use of focus is brilliant, making you believe in the little Indian. Still, the film is harmless family entertainment, in fact, with its lack of offensive material and the subtle intelligence and morals presented, I'd almost push it up to a 5 star film... The Widescreen DVD is not the most beautiful transfer I have ever seen, there are some minor color distortions, especially around the effects shots...
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Format: VHS Tape
"The Indian in the Cupboard" is an excellent movie for tween-aged children (i.e., children between their pre-school and teen years). In this movie a boy discovers that he can bring small action figures to life by using a small, old, wooden cupboard. The first figure he brings to life is a Native American. As the story progresses, the boy learns important lessons about life from his new friend, "Little Bear."
The story is exciting without being frightening, educational without being stuffy, and fun without being extreme. "The Indian in the Cupboard" presents an excellent entertainment offering for pre-teens who often see too much programming centered on overstimulation of sight, sound, and action (e.g., Pokemon...).
I also like the fact that the boy in the story doesn't look like he stepped right out of an advertising agency, or off of the cover of a magazine. He is a regular guy...his hair is a little messy, his teeth haven't gone through an orthodontic program, and he wears normal clothes.
All in all, this is top-notch entertainment for the whole family. It's one of my children's favorites (girl, 10 yrs; boy 8 yrs; boy 6 yrs).
A definite keeper for your family's collection!
Happy viewing...and watch out for the rat!
Alan Holyoak
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