The Mystery of the Cupboard

The Mystery of the Cupboard In the fourth book in Bank s acclaimed INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD saga Omri and his family move to an old farmhouse where he finds an ancient notebook that reveals a family secret and the mysterious ori

  • Title: The Mystery of the Cupboard
  • Author: Lynne Reid Banks Tom Newsom
  • ISBN: 9780380720132
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the fourth book in Bank s acclaimed INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD saga, Omri and his family move to an old farmhouse, where he finds an ancient notebook that reveals a family secret and the mysterious origins of his magical cupboard.

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    1. Omri finally discovers the complex history of the cupboard which has the ability to bring plastic figures to life in this fourth book in the series.His parents decide to move to the country. At first he's appalled that they would uproot the family just because this mother has inherited a cottage from a distant relative. Then it's his father's turn to be appalled - the cottage is a centuries-old Dorset longhouse with a thatched roof. And the thatch needs repairing - urgently. And at phenomenal ex [...]

    2. Explanations for magic are often unnecessary and unwelcome in children's books (scratch that - in fantasy in general), but Lynne Reid Banks provides an excellent origin story for the cupboard and key and their mysterious properties. I enjoy a good explanation when it can be found, and while some of the elements here might have been a bit forced, overall this was a great way to cap off the series, wipe the slate clean almost for future installments. There's only been one other one since, but ther [...]

    3. This stupid website ATE MY REVIEW! I am so frustrated because I took all this time to write a nice review and ATE it and spat out an empty window. Now I have to start all over and I have other things to do so I cannot write as thorough a review.I liked this book very much and recommend it to anyone who likes children's literature and fantasy. It's spell-binding and enthralling. Unfortunately, it is a sequel, and I hadn't read the previous books, and it referred back tot hem constantly. This got [...]

    4. I read the first book in this series to the kids last year. Honestly, I had been saving that book for the kids for a long time. My third grade teacher read it to our class, and I remember LOVING it. It was one of the best memories from my childhood---sitting around listening to that book after PM-recess every day. And everyday ending on some huge cliff hanger that would have us begging for another chapter (She was a great teacher if you can't tell.) Anyway, I digress. suffice it to say that I ha [...]

    5. It all just felt a bit contrived and less engaging than any of the books that were just about the magic. It's not that it wasn't interesting, it was just interesting in the way that reading old diaries is interesting, not in the way that great stories are interesting. If you've loved the series I would say read it if you're into backstories. It hasn't changed my opinion of the others (loved them), but neither did it elevate the series for me.

    6. Yet more growth (and more set-backs) for Omri in this book. Patrick shows up in this book as little more than a means to talk some sense into Omri. We get to learn how the cabinet and key came into being, how they were imbued with their magic, and a great deal about Omri's family on his Mom's side) in the process. There's a good bit of heart-break in Omri's family story. Not the best of the books, IMO, but a solid addition to the series.

    7. Grabbed my interest, and it made sense, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous trilogy. They and the sequel are now on my want to read list. Appropriate for elementary.

    8. It was great to finally get the backstory on the cupboard and it's magic! After several books of dealing with the drama between Omri and his friends, it was a nice switch up.

    9. I read this book was I was in elementary school. It is a great read for children. I recommend this book as a family read.

    10. I give this book a 3 because it kind-of caught my attention, but in the end it probably wasn't my favorite. But if you like journal entries and tiny talking figures, then go ahead and read this.

    11. From Publishers WeeklyIn this latest installment in the award-winning Indian in the Cupboard series, Omri's fascination with the little people of the cupboard has matured into an obsession with discovering the origin of their life-giving magic. With the help of his great-aunt's hidden diary and a meeting with an elderly roof-thatcher, Omri is able to piece together his own family's history--one that gave rise to the wondrous events of the last few years. In the process he takes a big risk in all [...]

    12. MYSTERIES HIDDEN UNDER THE THATCHINGLynn Reid Banks has done it again, in this fourth book in her famous INDIAN series. When Omri insisted his father store the magic cupboard in a bank vault, so he would not be tempted to tamper with the Past, he vowed he would resist the temptation to visit with his tiny friends. But he never did understand exactly how and why this particular cupboard changed plastic toys into living, human beings from the past--with real names, occupations and lifestyles of th [...]

    13. Reading classics is great. They don't perform any of the cliché plots of today, and they don't lack quality of writing. Yes there are more spelling typos than today, but it's wonderful to read a book with great writing and isn't cliché. The only thing is, that I'm pretty sure this is book three because books two and three are one book in my version. Omri and his family are all excellent characters. I love how the characters are developed and how they are important. Each character has a story a [...]

    14. I felt like this book was not really in keeping with the same tone as the previous three in the series and we enjoyed it far less. The suggested reader age level stayed the same, but the subject matter to me was much more mature than a 9-year-old could understand. In addition, I found this book (and the one that follows it, #5) to be far more 'British' in terms of slang--it was obviously not Americanized at all for the US market. I no trouble with it but I found I had to change or explain things [...]

    15. This book traces the history of the cupboard, revealing that Omri's brother did not find it in an alley but rather in the basement of the family home. Omri's family moves to a thatched house in the country that they inherit from a deceased family member, leading Omri to discover a journal that traces the family and cupboard history. This book would capture the attention of a child less than the others since much of the story is old family history with some complicated relationships and very litt [...]

    16. This one wasn't around when I read the first three books as a kid. It wasn't until, much older, as a father recommending the best books to my daughter when I realized that there were more. I believe there is one more book after this one, too. I didn't know what I would think of this one. It was certainly different from the previous three but MAN was it good! That's one think about Lynne Reid Banks--she doesn't write down to her readers. She simply write a great book that kids and adults and just [...]

    17. The book, "The Mystery of the Cupboard" was written by Lynn Reid Banks. The genre of this book is either fiction or realistic fiction because the characters seem real and a situation like their own could really happen but there is a magic cupboard which adds a little fun twist to the story. Omri moves out of London after a big storm damages their house. Omri"s mother inherits an old house in the country. Omri's magic cupboard is in the bank and he promises he will leave it there but a strange no [...]

    18. I read this book with my eight year old son. He was not nearly into this book as he was the first three. The main story line of this book is geared to more of an adult audience. I liked this book better than all the other three just because it was more about Jessica Charlotte's life. Her life story was more appealing to me than to my eight year old. We both enjoyed learning how the cupboard gets its power to transform plastic. That part was interesting, but I had to explain it a little bit to my [...]

    19. "The Indian in the Cupboard" was a great children's story. I did not expect that the "makings" of the cupboard is not that great. This book lacks a strong story plot. It feels like it was not well thought of and is lacking in substance. Even my sister can write a better story than this one. I expected a lot from Lynne Reid Banks because the first two books were exceptional. This one has no climax and is boring. A child would choose playing with real Indian dolls than read this one. If you want t [...]

    20. Audiobook.I liked the mystery of the cupboard because it was very interesting and you don't want to stop listening to it. I liked the part when they found out Kitzer with her baby kittens. I really enjoyed how they had the old bottle where they kept the Thatchers' names and history in it in the thatch of the house. If I was Omri I wouldn't have played with the cupboard and messed around with the future and the past because it could be really dangerous and he could have stopped himself from being [...]

    21. This is a book for younger readers. Although prose is fairly simplistic, the overall story is very entertaining, and there were some interesting plot twists that surprised me and I didn't see coming. There are several books in this series and I found this one to be the most mature, from the standpoint of some of the subjects that are touched upon. Overall the story has a darker tone than the others in this series. One particular scene was particualrly horrific, but was realistically portrayed an [...]

    22. I forgot how much I enjoy this series. I couldn't put it down. I loved the story within the story of Omri's family history. My mind was blown a few times trying to think about the "time travel" that occurs in this book, and how careful Omri has to be. I love how real these characters: Omri, Patrick, Jessica, and the brothers. They are not cookie cutter characters, who speak and act like they "should". They act and speak as they "are" and it is so natural. As a writer, I appreciate the details th [...]

    23. Now THIS is how an author is supposed to write an epicly twisted tale that the reader just can't get enough of. Omri continues his adventures with his plastic-come-to-life friends in "The Mystery of the Cupboard". There are so many individual elements that had to come together throughout time to create the story of "The Indian in the Cupboard" as we know it. This book pieces the puzzling history together in a fantastic and almost unbelievable way. But once you read it, you'll realize there truly [...]

    24. This is really where the series should have ended. At the beginning. In this book, we learn about the origin of the key to the cupboard, and see the diary of its first user. It's a story about two estranged sisters, propriety, greed, and regret.While I understand that the sequel was there to wrap up the story of Little Bull, I wish it had been done in book 3. Book 4 just feels far more satisfying. Not only does Onri discover the source of the magic, but he also heals, to an extent, a rift in his [...]

    25. I love everything Indian and the Cupboard, and that certainly includes this book, which I thought to be the end of the series at the time I read it. There is, however, a fifth book, The Key to the Indian, and I feel I should definitely reread the books from beginning to end as soon as is convenient for me. End of the series or not, though, The Mystery of the Cupboard is a fine, fresh novel, as good as all that came before it, and I look forward to again immersing myself within it one of these da [...]

    26. This is definitely a different kind of story when compared to the previous installments of the series. Which can be both a good and bad thing, and in the end I guess I was just expecting more tales of Little Bear and Boone. Anyway, some plot points are a little strained and I personally felt like they could have been cut out because they served little purpose to continue the story Content is used well to reflect Omri's coming of age while not straying from the fact that he's still very young, wh [...]

    27. This was strange, not having the Indians in it as such!For me, the magic started to fade after I started book 3 - The Indian In The Cupboard is a timeless classic from my childhood, and I'm slightly disappointed in myself for reading the rest of the series and being let down!I see the whole point in trying to discover why the cupboard/key possess magic, I just can't help feeling, the author, however talented a writer she undoubtedly is, should've stopped after two.As kids books their great - but [...]

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