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A Kind of Magic,
This review is from: Four Children and it (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)My daughter is an avid fan of Jacqueline Wilson and one of my favourite childhood reads was Five Children and It by E Nesbit so we were both keen to dive into the modern version, Four Children and It.
Firstly, my 8 year old daughter's verdict - "My favourite Jacqueline Wilson book! I love the magic and fantasy. Rosalind is into books just like me and I want to read the E Nesbit books now".
Now for my opinion...I have reservations about modern authors revisiting and rejigging classics but Jacqueline Wilson is such a clever writer she has captured the perfect tone for her modern day adventurers. Yes, it's a contemporary setting with a "jigsaw" family but magic still exists for children whether you live in a castle or on a council estate. It's a perfect book for both reluctant and extremely keen readers, for any children to lose themselves in a gripping adventure and for all of us to wonder what would be the perfect wish. Jacqueline Wilson would wish to be able to write a book in one day so she could have a holiday the rest of the year - I'm still thinking about it!
This review is of the BBC Audio edition although we also read the book, did I mention we had to have everything written, spoken by Jacqueline Wilson...and she's fabulous at narrating the audio version too.
Now, I'm off to read my original version of Five Children and It which I got in 1976!
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2012 15:56:34 BDT
P. J. T. Brown says:
I read about the JW update in the Guardian recently - and was intrigued. Today just picked up Helen Creswell's sequel (which Wilson mentions in her article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/
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