- The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton
I think I've always had a fascination for miniature life in a big world. I loved how the Borrowers used doll furniture and adapted human size objects into usable things for their lives. This second book was set outdoors, which was more confusing to picture, but fairly creative too. The characters inhabit familiar roles, which is not to say that I liked them in the first place, but there is something to say for consistency. Like a lot of other children's books from the past, this is wholesome and calming in a way recent writing has abandoned. Sometimes it good to mix it up a little.