"In a quiet, old house in the countryside of England, hidden beneath the floorboards of the kitchen, live the Borrowers. They are the Clock family: Pod, Homily, and their daughter Arriety, miniature people who live by "borrowing" what they need from the human beings who live above them. Postage stamps are used for paintings, matchboxes are used for chests of drawers and miniature doll teacups and saucers are borrowed because they are just the right size for the Borrowers. All is quiet until Arriety, the daughter, ventures out and is discovered by a young boy living in the house. Written over forty years ago, the appeal of this fantasy continues with the release of the movie version." - Deborah Palgon, Children's Literature.