The Borrowers Aloft

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The Borrowers Aloft
The Borrowers Aloft Book Cover 2.jpg
First edition (UK)
Author Mary Norton
Illustrator Diana L. Stanley (UK)
Beth and Joe Krush (US)[2]
Country United Kingdom and US
Language English
Series The Borrowers
Genre Fantasy children's novel
Published 1961 (J. M. Dent, UK; Harcourt, Brace & World, US)
Pages 154pp (UK);[1] 193pp (US)[2]
LC Class PZ7.N8248 Blb 1961[2]
Preceded by The Borrowers Afloat
Followed by The Borrowers Avenged

The Borrowers Aloft is a children's fantasy novel by Mary Norton, published in 1961 by Dent in the UK and Harcourt in the US. It was the fourth of five books in a series that is usually called The Borrowers, inaugurated by The Borrowers in 1952.[1][3]


With the help of their friend Spiller, the Clock family have relocated to the miniature village of Little Fordham, where everything is perfectly scaled to Borrower size. However, they are soon discovered by Miss Menzies, a kind but eccentric human woman, who reveals their existence to the village's creator, Mr Pott. Miss Menzies and Mr Pott agree between themselves to keep the Borrowers a secret, while they also prepare a special, functioning miniature cottage for them.

Meanwhile, the Platters, a married couple who own a rival model village, learn of the Borrowers' existence. Fearing their own model village will be ruined, as they cannot compete with a model village with live occupants, the Platters kidnap the Clock family and keep them in an attic, planning to show them after building a see-through, escape-proof miniature house in which to display the tiny family. The Clocks are horrified at their fate, but escape seems impossible.

Imprisoned through the winter, Arrietty amuses herself by reading old newspapers. After Arrietty discovers a series of articles on hot-air balloons, she and her father race the clock to build a functional Borrower-size balloon before they are trapped forever. With their balloon, the family escapes the attic, but, realizing they cannot return to Little Fordham, they again strike out in search of a new, safe home.


  • Arrietty Clock
  • Pod Clock
  • Homily Clock
Big People, or human beans
  • Mr Pott
  • Mr Platter


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Borrowers series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-09-20. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  2. ^ a b c "The Borrowers aloft" (U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2013-09-20.
  3. ^ "Mary Norton Bibliography: A Collectors Reference Guide: UK First Edition Books". Bookseller World. Retrieved 2013-09-20.