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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant follow on from the classic Five Children and It, 9 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Four Children and it (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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The audio CD of "Four Children and It", read by the author Jacqueline Wilson, is a brilliant contemporary take on the Edwardian classic "Five Children and It" by E. Nesbit. (Five Children and It (Puffin Classics)) (There are other versions, including an abridged audio CD which we really enjoyed). You do not need to have read the original, but it adds an extra something if you have.

Just as in the original book, the adventure takes place during the long hot summer holidays. The premise of the story is that the children - this time 4 of them from a blended family (sister, brother, half-sister and step-sister) - come across the grumpy sand fairy and recognise it as the Psammead from E. Nesbit's classic, then decide to make their own wishes.

As in the original book, the Psammead is far more literal than the children, which means their wishes can have unintended consequences. What is delicious, as in the original book, is that the Psammead can only grant one wish a day and, once the wish is granted, it really is granted; this requires the children to deliberate carefully over whose wish they should choose that day, and then leaves them stuck with the consequences. The action all takes place in a contemporary setting, skillfully drawn by the author.

At 6 CDS running to over 7 hours this CD would be suitable for very long car journeys or short bursts at bedtime. Children (and adults!) of all ages were entranced by this CD. The reading is clear and engaging, and it does add an extra dimension that the book was read by its author, who is a global superstar amongst children's writers. She has quite a following and, if your child is a fan of the the author, they will get a real thrill out of hearing her read her own book.

For more content about the CD, Jacqueline Wilson and her books, see her bright, informative website.
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