Bedknobs and Broomsticks Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Sep 2001
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A new 2-in-1 edition of two favourite magical classics from the author of THE BORROWERS.
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Mary Norton wrote the award-winning classic THE BORROWERS.
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I was relieved that she (and my husband!) were both quickly engrossed in B&B when I read it aloud each night while we were away on holiday. The premise of it is very appealing, with three children despatched to the countryside into the quiet society of old ladies who don't understand children, and we share the scrapes they get into when they discover one of them is a witch, who has to bribe the children with a magic spell in order to stop them spilling the beans on her secret powers.
The adventures they subsequently have on the enchanted bed are very enjoyable and entertaining in the first part of the book, but in the second half, when they go back in time to meet a necromancer (I had to look that word up!), the mood is much darker, especially during the graphic and grisly description of the necromancer very nearly being burned at the stake, with flames lapping at his ankles. This was particularly horrific for my daughter because she is a vegetarian! We could have done without that detail.
However, Norton is a master storyteller and brilliant at ending chapters on cliffhangers, leaving readers of all ages clamouring for me.Read more ›
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 ›
I never knew the writer of The Borrowers also wrote the book(s) that became Bedknobs and Broomsticks!! Had to try it. Seemed like I missed loads of classics when I was a child. No matter, I know now...
This, along with Bonfires and Broomsticks, make up the two stories about Miss Price, three children, and a magic bed - and their adventures. The three children, Carey, Charles and Paul, are staying with an aunt in the country, and one day spy a neighbour, Miss Price, crashing her broomstick in the garden. Paul has known for a while that she's been secretly practising her flying, and the three soon get her to admit that she is, in fact, a witch. And to buy their silence, should give them something magical. Yes, bribery - tut tut children.
But of course, it wouldn't be much of a story if she didn't agree. Paul has his bedknob in his pocket, and soon, his bed, takes them off on some magical adventures...
At less than 100 pages, this feels almost like a taster for another chapter in the story. I wanted more from it, though it's a great length for a 7-9 year old reader, or for even younger children to have read to them, with short chapters and lots happening.
Different to the film (where Miss Price accepts the three as evacuees), the essence is the same - she's a trainee (or novice), and adventures don't always go to plan. The children are fairly well characterised, the magical story the star of the show, of course. The references to a London of times past (dense fog, stereotypical policemen) will be good for a history discussion, though there isn't too much in here to make this feel too quaint or old-fashioned.
Wonderful wish fulfilment tale, you can see Norton's imagination here again. Will try and find the second book as well now. I'll be reading this to my son (4) in a year or two I expect. And finding the film again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're expecting Disney's version you are in for a shock. Great story and quite dark at times.Published 4 months ago by Mrs. C. Chandler
Why the film had to muck about with this classic tale I dont know - this is a much better story line. Read morePublished 18 months ago by vez
Absolutely loved the film when I was younger! But after reading the books I almost wish they had made a film based on Bonfires and Broomsticks! Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by Marky-Mark
A children's classic purchased for and enjoyed by grandchildren and grandparents alike. Book was in as new condition and as described by seller.Published on 1 Jun. 2014 by Nigel Davies
This book was for a gift. My friend is still reading it as it is not too taxing on his brain. Helping with concentration.Published on 20 April 2014 by Wise Old Owl
I really enjoyed it. I new it would be different to the film, but I loved it. As we all heard the Mary poppins books were different after the film that was just made this year. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by basicma1
An intresting story but basically preety basically basic i much prefered the borrowers . The magic in this is not real magicPublished on 1 Mar. 2014 by Mother of boys
Very Good, very happy with prduct, product is how its described, happy to do bussiness again in the furture, HappyPublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by Mary Gibbons