First published in 1926, this is not a collection of short stories, but a wonderful, magical, full length adventure. Hop, Skip and Jump are three naughty brownies, who are upset when they are not invited to the King's party, because of their bad behaviour. They pose as a conjuror and his assistants, in order to go to the party, but soon get into trouble. Given a magic trick by a witch to use as part of their disguise, they are tricked into helping steal away the king and queen's daughter and are banished - unable to return until they find their `goodness'. They decide to try to redeem themselves by finding the princess and set out in search of her.
During their search, Hop, Skip and Jump visit many magical and enchanted lands - including the Land of Giants and the Land of Clever People and meet wizards, goblins, a dragon bird and the Saucepan Man. Can they rescue Princess Peronel from the witch's castle and return her home? Will they learn how to be good and be allowed back to live with the brownies again? This is a delightful read, full of magical people and places. It is wonderful to read aloud, or ideal for children (approx 7+) to read alone. I am really pleased to see these new, kindle editions, of Enid Blyton's books and hope they help a whole, new generation of readers, discover her work.