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Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort are the last four gnomes in Britain and were first introduced to us in the Carnegie Medal-winning book, The Little Grey Men. In this charming book their story continues and we find them tucked up in their cosy home, next to the Folly, for winter. But when they're awakened from their sleep with the terrible news that the Folly i Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort are the last four gnomes in Britain and were first introduced to us in the Carnegie Medal-winning book, The Little Grey Men. In this charming book their story continues and we find them tucked up in their cosy home, next to the Folly, for winter. But when they're awakened from their sleep with the terrible news that the Folly is drying up, they must pack up their belongings and head off in their boat, the Jeanie Deans, to find a new home where they can be safe once again. Along the way they face many dangers and their journey is sometimes perilous and packed with adventure.


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Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort are the last four gnomes in Britain and were first introduced to us in the Carnegie Medal-winning book, The Little Grey Men. In this charming book their story continues and we find them tucked up in their cosy home, next to the Folly, for winter. But when they're awakened from their sleep with the terrible news that the Folly i Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort are the last four gnomes in Britain and were first introduced to us in the Carnegie Medal-winning book, The Little Grey Men. In this charming book their story continues and we find them tucked up in their cosy home, next to the Folly, for winter. But when they're awakened from their sleep with the terrible news that the Folly is drying up, they must pack up their belongings and head off in their boat, the Jeanie Deans, to find a new home where they can be safe once again. Along the way they face many dangers and their journey is sometimes perilous and packed with adventure.

30 review for The Little Grey Men Go Down The Bright Stream

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    A wonderful enduring classic to read with children, or just be a big kid yourself ! This book and its sequel DOWN THE BRIGHT STREAM is the timeless story of a journey, its disasters, triumphs and discoveries. Set in the UK countryside it is a cornucopia of cleverly woven information about wildlife. The beauty of wild flowers is particularly rich and fragrant. The atmospheres are amazing, especially building up to great events such as the appearance of Pan with his pipes, and the magnificent bre A wonderful enduring classic to read with children, or just be a big kid yourself ! This book and its sequel DOWN THE BRIGHT STREAM is the timeless story of a journey, its disasters, triumphs and discoveries. Set in the UK countryside it is a cornucopia of cleverly woven information about wildlife. The beauty of wild flowers is particularly rich and fragrant. The atmospheres are amazing, especially building up to great events such as the appearance of Pan with his pipes, and the magnificent breakthrough at the end of the journey when the gnomes reach the Knockgobbin light. The trials and disappointments, relationships and emotions of these endearing gnomes is a life lesson in itself. I loved it and so did the children.

  2. 4 out of 5

    KA N Newton

    Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort are four gnomes known in the first book as The Little Grey Men. They are told that The Folly, the little brook near their home is drying up and they decide to leave their home. The book is the story of their adventures. I read this when I was 8 so I am finding it hard to remember how they set out. The cover of a hardback version shows a little boat yet I don't remember a boat. This of course does not mean that there was not a boat involved. Like the ori Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort are four gnomes known in the first book as The Little Grey Men. They are told that The Folly, the little brook near their home is drying up and they decide to leave their home. The book is the story of their adventures. I read this when I was 8 so I am finding it hard to remember how they set out. The cover of a hardback version shows a little boat yet I don't remember a boat. This of course does not mean that there was not a boat involved. Like the original book the writing is a little old fashioned and uses some nouns (of the countryside) that we don't use these days but still recognizable by adults. This means an older child could read this book alone with the help of a dictionary. I do wish this book was available in Kindle like the first book. The Little Grey Men. EDIT this book is now available on Kindle from Amazon. I have clicked on the description on Amazon to ask for the publishers to allow this if possible. A lovely story to be read at bedtime chapter by chapter and like the first book not too childish for adults to read to check it out. ps. Thank you to the person who alerted me to the fact that I could now buy this for my Kindle.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brown

    Bizarre sequel to the lovely Little Grey Men. (view spoiler)[After the gnomes spend the entire first book seeking their missing brother Cloudberry, and finally find him in a moving scene at the end, in this book Cloudberry... ...turns out to be evil, tries to murder them for no particular reason, and gets eaten by a snake. The other gnomes - HIS BROTHERS WHO SPENT THE WHOLE LAST BOOK LOOKING FOR HIM - notice that he vanished without a trace, and don't much care. This book reminded me of the hilari Bizarre sequel to the lovely Little Grey Men. (view spoiler)[After the gnomes spend the entire first book seeking their missing brother Cloudberry, and finally find him in a moving scene at the end, in this book Cloudberry... ...turns out to be evil, tries to murder them for no particular reason, and gets eaten by a snake. The other gnomes - HIS BROTHERS WHO SPENT THE WHOLE LAST BOOK LOOKING FOR HIM - notice that he vanished without a trace, and don't much care. This book reminded me of the hilarious scene in What Katy Did Next in which Katy got so bored with telling stories to Amy about a sickly-sweet pair of siblings that she told one in which they were crushed by an avalanche and not found until the snow melted in the spring. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While I enjoyed the writing in this book, I fail to understand the author’s decision to turn Cloudberry into a psychopathic killer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    N.K. Wright

    I didn't know this sequel to "The Little Grey Men" existed until a few years ago and immediately ordered a copy. I loved the first book from my childhood days and was eager to follow the gnome brothers on another adventure. Civilization continues to encroach on the home of the gnomes and they realize they must move on if they are to remain safe and undiscovered. So aboard their key-wound vessel, Jeanie Deans, the four brothers leave their cozy tree home in England for the faraway isle of Ireland I didn't know this sequel to "The Little Grey Men" existed until a few years ago and immediately ordered a copy. I loved the first book from my childhood days and was eager to follow the gnome brothers on another adventure. Civilization continues to encroach on the home of the gnomes and they realize they must move on if they are to remain safe and undiscovered. So aboard their key-wound vessel, Jeanie Deans, the four brothers leave their cozy tree home in England for the faraway isle of Ireland. Their adventures enroute and the eventual means whereby they travel make for a fun read. Author BB deals with a few darker themes in both these books, but human--or gnome--nature what it is, it's difficult to have any semblance of life without it. I would recommend reading "The Little Grey Men" before this one, not only for backstory, but because it such a fun, magical book. This being a sequel, BB probably felt the need to continue the magic, but also wrap up the story, and so goes to great lengths--and may actually try too hard--to accomplish that. Still great fun and recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    There's not too much more to say about Down the Bright Stream after reviewing Little Grey Men. B.B.'s sequel offers more of the same and that's not a bad thing when you write fairytale adventures with such pleasure as the author obviously takes in writing this. Down the Bright Stream is a story about the search for a new home after their old home under the Oak Tree becomes uninhabitable. There are many stories like it - Watership Down, Farthing Wood the most famous - in which humankind plays the There's not too much more to say about Down the Bright Stream after reviewing Little Grey Men. B.B.'s sequel offers more of the same and that's not a bad thing when you write fairytale adventures with such pleasure as the author obviously takes in writing this. Down the Bright Stream is a story about the search for a new home after their old home under the Oak Tree becomes uninhabitable. There are many stories like it - Watership Down, Farthing Wood the most famous - in which humankind plays the role of unconscious invader. The gnomes in B.B.'s novel take their steam boat down the dried up stream and onto the wider river. When they here stories about a paradisiacal Ireland where nature has been left untouched by human influence, Baldmoney begins to dream and plan a wondrous flight across the ocean. The journey, accompanied by Squirrel, their faithful friend, and two Owls, suffered many mishaps of their own making but, like Adams and Dann, nature at the mercy of mankind is a hostile and fragile places. What was surprising and satisfying about the second book was the development of the characters. In book one, after Dodder takes over the lead role, the other gnomes are sometimes indistinguishable. While Sneezewort remains largely without personality, the other three diverge in vastly different directions. Dodder remains the leader; bossy, nervous and competent. Baldmoney turns into the daring inventor and true hero of the story. Cloudberry...well, it's hard to say anything about his drastic change without revealing the most thrilling part of the story. Repressed by Dodder's leadership and longing for adventures, Cloudberry turns into a reckless and selfish gnome. A freak accident sets up a situation that opens up the darkest crevices of Cloudberry's mind. It's a sinister and darkly brilliant episode which turns Down the Bright Stream from a simple journey/adventure story into a much more memorable one. The gnomes are likeable because they are all flawed. There is a sense of danger and loss on the edges of the story, as if one false move could bring about their extinctions. Their decisions are not always good ones and the way they treat others is sometimes questionable. The lines between human/gnome/animal are not clear and distinct, except if it be said that the closer the nature one gets the closer one finds nobility. The old badger's quiet dignity lights up the end of the book and highlights its subtleties. Down the Bright Stream ends aptly: boy toys, wild winds of nature and danger. The gnomes might find their way to Ireland but their future is far from certain. These two books make for delightful, thought-provoking reading, and hold a place in the cannon of many genres - fairytale, nature writing, adventure, fantasy. That's a whole lot of my favourite ingredients. 8

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Enjoyable, I think I liked this one better than the first one. Shout out to my local library for getting me a copy of this from another library in Iowa!! It was excellent. Cloudberry surprised me with his evil plans...and an airplane with gnomes on it?! Marvellous "...(bub'ms were considered rather 'rumty too'..." page 152 What the heck does rumty mean? rumpty ADJECTIVE NZ, Australian informal In poor repair. ‘we did the trek in a rumpty rental Toyota hatchback’ More example sentences Origin 1940s: per Enjoyable, I think I liked this one better than the first one. Shout out to my local library for getting me a copy of this from another library in Iowa!! It was excellent. Cloudberry surprised me with his evil plans...and an airplane with gnomes on it?! Marvellous "...(bub'ms were considered rather 'rumty too'..." page 152 What the heck does rumty mean? rumpty ADJECTIVE NZ, Australian informal In poor repair. ‘we did the trek in a rumpty rental Toyota hatchback’ More example sentences Origin 1940s: perhaps an ironic extension of an earlier sense ‘excellent’, from the regional English noun rumty-tummer ‘unusually large vegetable or fruit’, ‘favourite object or pastime’ Like Rum Tum Tugger?

  8. 4 out of 5

    JKR

    One story thread effectively ruined the book for me and also managed to undermine some good memories of The Little Grey Men. The book still gets three stars from me as being enjoyable, because I like BB’s writing. I have now read four books by BB, with three I can recommend in the following order: The Little Grey Men - Brendon Chase - Lord of the Forest. I can’t recommend Down the Bright Stream.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SeaMoth

    This is the partner to The Little Grey Men. An enchanting story of the last gnomes left in England. The authors knowledge of British wildlife and flora is exceptional. I enjoyed it very much and so, I suspect, will any lover of the English countryside. One doesn’t have to believe in gnomes, either!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The only likeable gnome was Baldmoney, and I'm still annoyed at how badly they treated poor Mr Brockett!!! The only likeable gnome was Baldmoney, and I'm still annoyed at how badly they treated poor Mr Brockett!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tanu

    this is a children's book, but enjoyable nevertheless this is a children's book, but enjoyable nevertheless

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Sharkey

    Dying to re read this.... and be transported back to youth, adventure, nature.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Absolutely loved this book. The sequel to The Little Grey Men. Gnomes, owls, otters et al. Great little characters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Woody Acorn

    Very very good!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Norman

    This year my wife and I will be reading to each other again. We started with "The Little Grey Men" by BB and enjoyed it enormously. In this sequel the gnomes have to move out of their cozy home on the Folly and have adventures down the big river and try to head across the sea to "Woodcock's Island" otherwise known as Ireland. Brilliant observations of nature that you come to expect from BB. I loved this in 1968; I love this in 2015! This year my wife and I will be reading to each other again. We started with "The Little Grey Men" by BB and enjoyed it enormously. In this sequel the gnomes have to move out of their cozy home on the Folly and have adventures down the big river and try to head across the sea to "Woodcock's Island" otherwise known as Ireland. Brilliant observations of nature that you come to expect from BB. I loved this in 1968; I love this in 2015!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grant Stevens

    While this is an enjoyable book, it isn't quite as tight as its predecessor, Little Grey Men. However, it still has an extensive lexicon, and BB paints wonderful word pictures of life and nature along the Bright Stream. If possible, I would give this 4.5 stars, but as things stand, a 4 star rating seemed most appropriate. While this is an enjoyable book, it isn't quite as tight as its predecessor, Little Grey Men. However, it still has an extensive lexicon, and BB paints wonderful word pictures of life and nature along the Bright Stream. If possible, I would give this 4.5 stars, but as things stand, a 4 star rating seemed most appropriate.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Craig Herbertson

    Frankly after Little Grey Men - a work of genius - this couldn't have been a more disappointing book. It psychologically damaged my childhood Frankly after Little Grey Men - a work of genius - this couldn't have been a more disappointing book. It psychologically damaged my childhood

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marty

  19. 5 out of 5

    Triniti Jones

  20. 4 out of 5

    Canyonxplorer

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mark Bennett

  23. 5 out of 5

    Don Wilton

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve Woodcock

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Mathias

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Elliott

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Morley

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bev

  30. 4 out of 5

    A Solis

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