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Knight's Castle [Hardcover]

Edward Eager
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Jun 1956
An American classic that shows how having your wishes come true isn't always as good as you expect. Four children are whisked away by a magical toy soldier to a land of chivalry and knighthood, Robin Hood and Ivanhoe, but keep muddling up the course of history. * Cover artwork by children's laureate, Quentin Blake. * Wonderfully funny relationships between the four children. * A well-loved US classic now again available in the UK. * Black and white illustrations
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt (Jun 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152431020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152431020
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Roger and Ann are sent to stay with their cousins Eliza and Jack when their father is seriously ill. The knight's castle and doll's house they are given as presents come to life while the children sleep. The children are caught up in a tale of magic and chivalry as they explore. Edward Eager began writing for his own small son in 1951. His books deserve a far wider readership than they have currently. This is a gripping and intelligent story which is also very funny. It is very well written and great fun to read aloud to reluctant (or small) readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Book for Kids of Any Age! 31 Dec 1998
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Format:Hardcover
When I was in Sixth Grade in 1964, my teacher read a chapter of this story at the end of each day. No one wanted to go home!!! It's a wonderful story about children who, because their father is ill, have to stay with their cousins. Their Aunt takes everyone to see the movie Ivanhoe and afterwards gives them a miniature castle complete with knights and ladies. Of course the kids designate these toys as the characters in the movie and you guessed it, the castle and the characters magically become alive. Nothing goes like the real story of Ivanhoe and there are many very funny magical adventures. I've read every Edward Eager book and this is the best one!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique fantasy 30 July 2000
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was my first Edward Eager book, and it was not my last. It's a part of Eager's ongoing, sometimes intertwined fantasy serieses starring flawed yet admirable characters. Note: There's a bit of an in-joke in one bit of dialogue, concerning the kids' mothers from a previous book of Eager's, but it won't confuse you if you've so much as read the back of the other books.
Roger and his sister's father needs surgery, and his frightened kids are taken along to stay with their cousins, bossy Eliza and camera-obsessed Jack. The thing that cheers frightened Roger up is a toy castle his aunt gives him, and his vast army of toy soldiers. But the oldest of them all tells Roger that he must EARN his wishes...
Soon Roger and his relatives (parents excluded) are tossed into the medieval world of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe, a world that can be altered by what is set around the toys, such as wastepaper baskets and dollhouses.
The ending is still a bit confusing (I'm not entirely certain what's going on) but the book overall has far more intricacy and imagination than Harry Potter or Which Witch or anything like that. Especially since Eager wrote this decades ago, when children's fantasy was much more scarce. The kids are all totally believable and enjoyable, and the various knights and ladies either make you cheer or boo, depending on whether they're despicable or not..
Utter not the words of power: "Lead soldiers!"
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter's cousins 5 Jan 2000
By Kate.Lepp@home.com - Published on Amazon.com
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Potter, Schmotter! As much as we loved the Harry Potter books, and my daughters and I devoured them, I knew they would love Edward Eager's books just as much, if not more. Believably real children, believable magic, everyday situations that turn out to be anything but, Edward Eager wrote about it all forty years ago. My older sister introduced me to Half Magic when I was about 8, and after reading the whole collection, I re-read them again in high school. Knight's Castle was always my favorite, for all the reasons mentioned by the other reviews, but also because it dealt with the very real situation of children who have more and children who have less, and how we all get along. I wonder, what is Edward Eager doing now? Does anyone know?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Book for Kids of Any Age! 31 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I was in Sixth Grade in 1964, my teacher read a chapter of this story at the end of each day. No one wanted to go home!!! It's a wonderful story about children who, because their father is ill, have to stay with their cousins. Their Aunt takes everyone to see the movie Ivanhoe and afterwards gives them a miniature castle complete with knights and ladies. Of course the kids designate these toys as the characters in the movie and you guessed it, the castle and the characters magically become alive. Nothing goes like the real story of Ivanhoe and there are many very funny magical adventures. I've read every Edward Eager book and this is the best one!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're never too old for this book 8 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I was 12, and I have never forgotten how much fun it was. I was very excited when I saw it resissued. I keep it on my desk with those special books that have found a place in my heart. Get it for your kids, but definitely read it yourself!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best children's books ever written! 31 July 2002
By A. Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read Eager's books as a child and I have been reading them on and off for the last twenty-five years (I keep a complete collection in my bedroom and I read them whenever I want a good laugh).
Eager writes on two levels--there is something in this (and all of his books) for both children and adults. As a kid, I loved Roger, Ann, Eliza and Jack because they aren't perfect and because they have their own squabbles and flaws. As an adult, I find them refreshing in their honesty---Eliza, especially, always lets you know how she feels!
The story is wonderful and begins with the scenario of all great children's books (missing or distracted parents). Roger and Ann's father requires emergency surgery and the family travels east to Baltimore for the operation. A visit to Aunt Katherine's is to be dreaded b/c of cousins Jack and Eliza (as Ann puts it "Jack and Eliza---help!). Jack is camera-obsessed while Eliza was the bossiest nine year old on the block before she moved to Baltimore.
But...a magical gift from Uncle Mark brings the cousins together. A castle complete with all the characters from Ivanhoe comes magically alive every three nights and Jack, Eliza, Ann and Roger are soon embarked on a variety of quests. Somehow tho' nothing seems to work out quite as Roger, Jack, Eliza and Ann plan---Ivanhoe is nearly captured when Roger spills the beans about his hidden presence in the castle, an attempt to modernize 'ye merrie England' results in Ivanhoe's experimenting with space travel and so on. Gradually, Roger realizes that he needs to perform a great deed if he is to help his father recover and he, Ann, Jack and Eliza draw on their own inner strengths to perform the necessary quest and save chivalry for ever.
Don't miss out on this book! Half Magic, Magic By the Lake (which deal with Roger and Ann's mom and her siblings) and The Time Garden (which features Jack, Eliza, Ann and Roger) are among the best children's books written this century. I won't compare them to the Harry Potter books (equally great!) but I will say that if you loved Harry Potter, you will love Edward Eager.
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