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Nanny McPhee: The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda Paperback – 1 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Omnibus Edition edition (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747578990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747578994
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christianna Brand was born in 1909. As a child she lived with the family of her cousin, Edward Ardizzone. Christianna had many jobs until finally in 1941 her first crime novel Death in High Heels was published, which was followed by successful crime novels and historical romance as well as children's books. She died in 1988.

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Format: Hardcover
Comprising three books - 'Nurse Matilda', 'Nurse Matilda Goes To Town' and 'Nurse Matilda Goes To Hospital' - within this one edition. The stories form the basis of the Nanny McPhee films starring Emma Thompson.

Written in the mid nineteen forties I think it fair to say that this is a quintessentially English novel about a middle class family with a brood, a very big brood, of the most unruly children who, having seen off several nurses and nannies, are desperately in need of Nurse Matilda who staying whilst children don't want her but need her goes when they want her but no longer need her.

Whilst book one, Nurse Matilda, was an enjoyable enough read, I'm afraid for me the other two stories fell flat. Involving the same family, albeit it with an increasingly large number of children (chapter one of book one named seven, chapter one of book three, twenty six) none of whom we ever really got to know as individual characters. Though the situations might have varied slightly the lessons learnt didn't which made for repetitive and all too familiar reading. And as for the illustrations. 'Pen and ink' drawings by Edward Ardizzone, I'm afraid these weren't much to write home about either. Much preferable to many children I'm sure would be the later published edition of the tales which contains a colour insert of scenes from the film.

Still, a charming enough if slightly old fashioned collection of stories that may well prove popular as a bedtime read for pre-teens. For myself, this was one of those rare cases in which I actually preferred the films to the book.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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I enjoyed reading this book to my children, but being huge fans of the Nanny McPhee films they found it hard to associate this book as being Nanny McPhee. Had the characters had the same names i think it would have made more sense to them even if the storylines were different. As a stand alone book quite a funny and interesting childrens read though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Watson on 20 April 2013
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i am told by my niece that the book is a great read and will be read again and again
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By Ms. Morag Morgans on 30 July 2011
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Wonderful! Love getting back to the roots of how things were created and i can see how Emma Thompson was inspired by this book.
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A pleasant tale 24 Jan. 2009
By Claudia D. Newcorn - Published on Amazon.com
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After watching Emma Thompson's lovely Nanny McPhee, I was anticipating the movie to be a derivative of the book. It's not. While the concept is the same, Nurse Matilda is the heroine, and the story and outcome are very different from the movie. It's a pleasant read, more for younger children who will learn from the story and enjoy the humor.

Claudia Newcorn
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happy grandson 27 Feb. 2015
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I bought it for my grandson because he loves the movies. So far he loves the nurseatilda stories.
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