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  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613298861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613298865
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,492,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
So, having seen the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks, you know the whole story, right? Wrong! Being a fan of that movie, I picked up this book expecting some minor discrepancies, but was amazed to find a story that had practically nothing in common with the movie.
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.
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This book, and virtually all of its modern editions, consists of two novellas - "The Magic Bed-Knob" (1943) and "Bonfires and Broomsticks" (1945)- which were combined as "Bed-Knob and Broomstick" in 1957. The book is, of course, the source material for the 1971 Disney movie. My edition's cover is actually a production photo from the Disney movie, but despite that the book is in many ways different from the movie, and the book certainly isn't simply a novelization of the movie. (By way of comparison, this is similar to how very different the Mary Poppins books and the Mary Poppins movie are.)

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.
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This book contains the two original children's stories and are the basis of the part animated disney film of the same name.
'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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My youngest granddaughter (9) asked for this book for Christmas along with the Video, she is currently reading it and it is giving her so much pleasure, that being the case it is worth every penny.
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Obviously not as good as her borrowers stories-pity she stopped writing about them after" The borrowers avenged" which I really enjoyed.Still the book was enjoyable though probably for younger readers
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By Hugh on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Anyone who loves the film will love this book, its a little different from the film but just as magical. A beautiful final chapter left me wishing that there was more to come. Really wonderful.
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Very pleased = except for a big BARGAIN sticker that would not come off, even with sticky removing fluid and so tore the cover.
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