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Magical Mischief Paperback – 7 Jun 2010
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Praise for Anna Dale: 'The writing is fresh and vivid, with many humorous touches' The Children's Bookseller 'Dale nimbly ties together the spidery threads of the story in a beguiling denouement' Publisher's Weekly Praise for Spellbound: 'I was reminded of two other distinguished writers as I read this - Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis. The story has that same magical edge about it, with its well-formed imaginary creatures and their world ... [it] would work well as a bedtime story or as a book for a pre-teen to read by themselves' Thebookbag.co.uk Praise for Magical Mischief: 'Reminiscent of the work of classic authors such as Enid Blyton, E. Nesbitt and Mary Norten; Anna Dale's books are full of warmth and humour ... A fantastical tale full of wonder, it's sure to appeal to pre-teen independent bookworms as well as younger readers who enjoy sharing a book at bedtime' Aldershot News & Mail
About the Author
This is Anna Dale's fourth book for Bloomsbury. Whispering to Witches, her first book, sold in twenty-five languages. Anna Dale lives in Southampton.
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Then Arthur and Miss Quint turn up and try to help. What follows is an interesting and amusing series of events involving a velour elephant named Trunk who is waiting forlornly for his owner to return and an increasing number of strange characters who might or might not be real - not to speak of the second step from the bottom which turns to custard from time to time.
Is it a children's book or is it one for adults? Who knows? Does it matter anyway? I found it interesting reading with a real feel good factor. It is easy to suspend disbelief for the length of the story. This is the sort of book to read on a cold winter afternoon as it will restore your faith in human nature and give you a nice warm feeling.
That said, with this titles blurb, I really expected a Mr Benn type of adventure and was sadly disappointed as it would have been not only exciting to have had the principle characters chasing villains bent on ruining literature classics throughout their titles in the hope of stopping a greater catastrophe to the world of literature. Sadly, this was not the case and whilst the tale did fulfil the blurb and there were moments of pure indulgence, I felt a little cheated at the possibilities left unrealised.
Other than that, the dialogue had a realistic bent to it, the characters did stay true to their conception and there were touches of magic such as having characters grow to reach greater potential than they envisioned. All in, it did do what it set out to do, the characters were acceptable and to be honest I really fell for Trunk (who I think was a homage to Bagpuss), now all I need to do is find a shop where I can get my own magical toy elephant.