Bedknob and Broomstick

bedknob and broomstickAuthor: Mary Norton

Illustrator: Erik Blegvad

My rating: 4 of 5

Siblings Carey, Charles, and Paul are staying in the country while their mother’s busy with work. What was simply a leisurely vacation becomes something much more when one day they discover the ladylike Miss Price lying in a field, injured from an accident . . . a broomstick accident! As an incentive to keep quiet about her being a witch, Miss Price enchants the knob of Paul’s bed so that the bed can take them any place, or any time in the past, if Paul wishes it. You can just imagine the adventures that ensue!

This is just the sort of classic, quaint story one would expect from the author of The Borrowers. This book actually includes two related stories, The Magic Bed-Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks. Both are absolutely charming in an old-fashioned British sort of way, which Blegvad’s line illustrations complement perfectly. Bedknob and Broomstick reminds me quite a bit of the writing of Edith Nesbit and Edward Eager. The book comes with high recommendations, for sure.


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