Bed-Knob and Broomstick Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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About the Author
Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.
Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including "Twelve Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen, "Riddle Road" by Elizabeth Spires, "Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear!" by N. M. Bodecker, and "Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude" by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.
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This is the story of Carey, Charles and Paul Wilson who, while staying with their aunt in Bedfordshire, suddenly discover that a neighbor, Miss Price is a witch! Not your stereotypical witch, Miss Price is a prim and proper lady who is willing to buy the children's silence with the gift of a magic bed knob that will allow the children to travel through space and time. Seeking to visit their mother, the children find themselves scooped up by the London police. Next, Miss Price takes them to an isolated tropical island, only to discover that cannibals inhabit the island. Their final adventure takes them to Restoration England, where they meet a forlorn (and inept) necromancer, Emelius Jones.
This story (actually two books combined into one) is quite charming. In a gentle and freewheeling fashion, Mary Norton draws the reader along on a fantastic adventure. This book is just right for the young reader, with a few nice illustrations, and a wonderful storyline.
What will be familiar is the three child characters - Carey, Charles and Paul - who were carried over whole into the movie. However, the witch, Ms. Price, is a very different and more complicated character in the book than she is portrayed to be by Angela Lansbury. The first novella is like the movie, in that the children discover Ms. Price's witchy tendencies, come into possession of the magic bed-knob, and have travel adventures. The second novella involves time travel and a necromancer from the seventeenth century, and almost none of that made it into the movie. World War II and soldiers play a major role in the movie, but there is no mention of the War from the 1957 edition onward.
All of that said, is the book worth a read? I would say yes, and suggest that in a number of particulars it is more satisfying, although less cinematic, than the Disney effort. In the book the children are more interesting and their relationships, and sibling conflicts, are more developed. They are polite but a bit reckless and spirited and they are the featured characters in the first novella. Ms.Read more ›
'The Magic Bed-Knob' and 'Bonfires and Broomsticks.'
I bought this book for my father's Christmas Box, this Yuletide just gone. He had fond memories of renting it from his local library in the mid 1950s and it has brough back many pleasant memories.
I must admit to having not read this Mary Norton classic but having read all 'The Borrowers' stories she wrote I can safely say this is once book your children cannot do without. This is a tale of friendship and love, not to mention adventure.
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This was rather disappointing as I loved the film as a child in the 1970s. The book, based on two novellas, bears only a slight resemblance to its much more famous cinematic... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2010 by John Hopper