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5.0 out of 5 stars nannt mcphee book
i am told by my niece that the book is a great read and will be read again and again
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book but probably best to read before you've seen film!
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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2.0 out of 5 stars THE COLLECTED TALES OF NURSE MATILDA., 2 April 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars nannt mcphee book, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars nanny mcphee, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book but probably best to read before you've seen film!, 17 April 2011
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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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