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The Enchanted Castle (Wordsworth Children's Classics) [Paperback]

E. Nesbit
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Book Description

24 Feb 1994 Wordsworth Children's Classics

When Jerry, Jimmy and Cathy discover a tunnel that leads to a castle, they pretend that it is enchanted. But when they discover a Sleeping Princess at the centre of a maze, astonishing things begin to happen.

Amongst a horde of jewels they discover a ring that grants wishes. But wishes granted are not always wishes wanted, so the children find themselves grappling with invisibility, dinosaurs, a ghost and the fearsome Ugli-Wuglies before it is all resolved.

This edition of The Enchanted Castle has forty-seven evocative illustrations by H.R. Millar.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (24 Feb 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853261297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853261299
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EDITH NESBIT was a mischievous child who grew up into an unconventional adult. With her husband, Hubert Bland, she was one of the founder members of the socialist Fabian Society; their household became a centre of the socialist and literary circles of the times. E. Nesbit turned late to children's writing. Her first children's book, THE TREASURE SEEKERS, was published in 1899 to great acclaim. Other books featuring the Bastable children followed, and a series of magical fantasy books, including FIVE CHILDREN AND IT also became very popular. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN was first published monthly in the LONDON MAGAZINE in 1905, and published as a book in 1906 and has been in print ever since.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 30 Nov 2011
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm glad I stumbled across this, as I haven't read it since I was a child, although as I was reading it this time I could still vaguely remember bits of it. First published just over a hundred years ago this book has entertained countless adults and children since then.

When siblings, Gerald, James and Kathleen can't go home form their respective boarding schools in the holidays, due to illness at home, it is decided that they will stay at Kathleen's school, and be looked over by a servant and the French Mistress. Thus the adventures of this intrepid trio soon begin. Deciding to take a picnic they stumble across what they decide is an enchanted castle, and meet the princess of the said castle, or Mabel as it becomes apparent after some time. With Mabel claiming that a ring is magic, much to everyone's surprise it does appear to be so, and thus their adventures get under way, but also the grounds of the building also seem to be enchanted.

Children will love this, when they are younger to have it read to, as they are older, to read themselves, and then again as adults, and then starting the whole process off again if they have children. This tale is simply timeless and can appeal to all ages, as when you are older it reminds you of your own imagination as a child. Full of magic, and some romance, there isn't really anything that you can find wrong with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still enchanting after all these years 2 July 2013
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I was four years old when the 1979 BBC production was aired for the first and only time on UK television and I can still remember it vividly. It had such an effect that I have tried in vain to obtain a copy both before and since the advent of the Internet but to no avail - the BBC has not released or repeated the show despite the huge cult following the show received.

Naturally, mother and father bought me the tv-tie-in novel which was one of the first novels I read, just a few years later. That particular copy, like the ugly-wugglies, had taken on a life of its own and secreted itself somewhere in the bowels of my parents' house and remains elusive (or, like a number of my Star Wars figures was probably given to the church jumble sale behind my back!).

Alas, I turned to Amazon to buy my 2 year old daughter a copy to read to her at bedtime. Each night for a fortnight we read a chapter (or half of the more substantial ones) and from the off she herself was enchanted. The idea of magic rings, secret passages and statues coming to life thrilled her and delighted me thirty odd years on. I had to spend some time explaining to her, being only two, what exactly invisibility is (now she pretends to be invisible in an effort to avoid bed!) and she has remarked that the odd shop mannequin resembles an ugly-wuggly. The stories have had an effect and stimulated her imagination.

The book itself is beautifully written and although the 1907 turn of phrase is not quite 'street' it flows and has a wonderful nostalgic power (and my daughter has since remarked such things as 'it's a splendid morning' to our great amusement).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful 6 Mar 2013
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This is of its period in style and values, and utterly engaging. The elder boy is both infuriating and decent, his brother a stubborn little ass, his sisters brave and clever. Four children, the magic formula, (See C.S Lewis, whom this pre-dates), are joined by a series of other characters, not all of them human, in amazing, sometimes comic, sometimes sinister and sometimes beautiful adventures. The weirdness is firmly grounded in the social structure of the period, with the house, the servants, the food the children always crave and even the clothes they have to wear, or replace. I hadn't read this since I was a child myself, but it's lost none of its charm.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic story 23 Jun 1999
By A Customer
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This is a classic book that I read when I was ten and found again recently. Nesbit manages to blend the world of magic with mundane reality in a way that is immensely appealing. Will spark imaginations of children anywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loves it 6 July 2011
By Deedee
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I bought this to introduce my daughter to other authors and as something to listen to when she can't sleep. she has enjoyed the story and often goes to her room to listen to it during the day to relax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars charming fantasy 26 Nov 2013
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I loved this book - i was amazed to find I had never read it as a child , as. I loved and read over and over again all E. Nesbit's books, and I read it avidly in three sittings! Having said that, it is not one of Nesbit's best, though it has many of their characteristics: I especially liked the character of Jimmy, the cynical younger brother. Gerald is a bit irritating, like the 'I' of the Treasure Seekers.

Unfortunately this Kindle version has lost most of the punctuation making it difficult to read
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to read this to my children! 18 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book stands out among all others from my childhood. It stirred my imagination like no other book, and I have often thought of it since. The atmosphere it creates is wonderful and lives on long after reading it. I look forward to my children being of a suitable age to read it to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enchanted Castle 23 Oct 2009
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I have just started this book and I love it. Flora aged 9
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story, but...
A lovely tale of four children that discover a magic ring in an enchanted castle. The only reason that I've rated this book four star is because there was a spelling mistake or a... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book was good but not the best
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4.0 out of 5 stars Non PC
Never read this as a child so thought I'd give it a go. How un-politically correct it is amused me. Ok for free.
Published 1 month ago by Andrea M Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars the enchanted castle
Good book

It has great writing and because the book was great I think I will read it again and again
Published 1 month ago by Boo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy for all
I like E. Nesbit books, so I really enjoyed this one. I had not read it before and soon got captured into the magic of her story telling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane likes games
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
don't waste your time reading this horrendous book. absolutely terrible.
do not get this book, I repeat,
DO NOT!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for young readers
I found "The Enchanted Castle" to be a quick and enjoyable read, even although it is clearly targeted at younger readers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marcia McSwegan
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I am glad there weren't samples this is amazing creative and not boring these books should be out often to keep kids mind on something
Published 4 months ago by belinda gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love to read different types of book this book caught my eye when looking for another book, glad that I decided to read this book.
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