Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice lEm anywhere they dike to go past or present The children take it on a test run back to London because Paul is missing his mother and get into all kinds of trouble with the police in the war time black out They decide that their next adventure may need a En plein coeur little magical insurance and invite Miss Price to join them on a visit to a South Seas Island Their goal is to investigate the coral but they wind up back in troublethis time with cannibals By the time Miss Price can get them out of harm s way and safely back to Paul s bedroom they have no timeeft to clean up the sand and salty water before their aunt discovers the mess She naturally doesn t believe their explanation of how it happened and packs them up and ships them back to their mother End of part oneThe second section euivalent to Broomsticks and Bonfires takes place two years ater Carey and Charles have systematically worked To Convince Paul And Themselves That Their Adventures With Miss convince Paul and themselves that their adventures with Miss were just dreams all in an effort to prevent Paul from blurting out something strange at an inconvenient moment Just when they ve almost done the job an advertisement from Miss Price appears in the newspaper saying that she would gladly take in children for the summer for a small fee The children manage to persuade their mother that a summer in the country with their friend Miss Price is just what they need and off they go ready for adventures They are well prepared because Paul eft his aunt s house with the magic bed knob in his pocket But when they arrive at Miss Price s they find that she has given up her studies No magic Ever She has bought the bed from the children s aunt but they won t be allowed to travel on it In fact she unpacks their things for them and the bed knob disappears But then one morning the bed Miss Price and Paul are gone and Carey and Charles are put out that Miss Price and their brother went traveling without them After they reappear Carey convinces Miss Price that it isn t fair that she and Charles didn t get one chance and if Miss Price will et them travel into the past just once because after
all they didn t get to try that part out yet then they they didn t get to try that part out yet then they all be done with magic for ever So the children travel back to the 1600s meet a real necromancer bring him back to the 20th Century and that s when a new set of pro 4 Enjoyable fast fun read This book is very different from the movie but nostalgic and fun in its own way It is reminiscent of Narnia filled with magic whimsy and other worlds It s similar to the movie It s a good story but I didn t ike it
much as thought I would But finally I m happy I could finish it as it was on my shelf for a The Art of Memoir long time now This is two books combined into one which became the basis for the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks I apparently read the second one because I have really vivid memories of several things happening including the children visiting the 1700 s and the final scene It was probably back in theate 1980 s during the height of my Borrowers mania Off anywhere they want Their night time travels ead the children into all sorts of unexpected adventures including a trip back in time. ,as much as
I don t remember this book too well but I know that between this and the picture book Bed Book I really wanted a flying bed as a child Life is full of disappointments Once upon a time there were three children and their names were Carey Charles and Paul Carey was about your age Charles a ittle younger and Paul was only six Marvelous adventure still enjoyable decades after publication There s a troubling chapter about South Sea cannibals but the book is clearly fantasy and so a young reader cannibals but the book is clearly fantasy and so a young reader not going to imagine that there really are natives as depicted it s not even as bad as the bit from Babar the ElephantThe themes are a bit ike those of the ittle witch stories of Ruth Chew but this is a arger richer deeper book I oved the Borrower books when I was a child and still enjoy them want to reread THEM BUT I DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THIS but I did not have access to this wish I had I ve no idea about the movie of this book but the book itself I highly recommend to interested readers Escapism first and foremost Deliberately so using the power for good is uickly dismissed with the image of dragons and entire armies being turned to white mice at once We are never told why the children were sent out to the country or their father Their mother works ong hours in an office is all we re ever told The kids are staying with an aunt in Bedfordshire in a small village they meet a witch they have adventures which don t go as expect I grew up watching a Beta tape OMG version of this movie starring Angela Lansbury when I was younger When I became a ittle older and many of the original Disney classics that we ONLY had on beta were ost I was inconsolable I didn t get to watch many of those Diney favorites again until I was a teenager Escape to Witch Mountain The Parent Trap Return From Witch Mountain The Apple Dumpling Gang I relish these books now as treasured memories of rainy days curled up in my grandmother s apartment watching Disney while she crocheted Bedknob and Broomstick is one of those books that differs completely from the film And I The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, love the film so it was of a disappointment to me than anything Three evacuees from London Carey Charles and Paul areeft with a strange and fusty old woman named Miss Price Little do they know she is earning to be an apprentice witch and is uite nifty with certain spells In the film she is portrayed as cooky and uirky by Angela Lansbury but in the book she is almost at creepy evel and is definitely not as cuddly as the movieThe 3 children spot Miss Price one evening sailing over the rooftops on her broomstick and then crashing in the garden and injuring herself and when they tell her of this she is terrified that she will be outed as a witch Because of this she decides to gift them a travelling spell to buy their silence one that can take them to any place they wish to go in the past or present All they need to do is turn the knob on their bed and they will be transportedInitially it s a fun idea with the children appearing first at their mother s house in London. When Miss Price falls off her broomstick it's the start of an amazing adventure for Carey Charles and Paul Their summer holiday suddenly. On the street in bed but when we get back
Into The 17th Century With A Necromancer Named Emelius Jonesthe 17th Century with a necromancer NAMED EMELIUS JONES IS WANTED TO Emelius Jones is wanted to at the stake the book seems to take a darker turn In fact I am genuinely surprised that children under ten wouldn t be scared of this I didn t so much enjoy this but thought it would be interesting to see the similarities between both book and film I now wish I had just stayed with the film alone I can t help comparing this book to the excellent 1971 Disney movie versionone of my favorite movies and while it s a pretty good book on its own it didn t hold up to the expectations I had for it based on the film A ot of things were changed and added for the movie which doesn t really bother me since I think these changes gave the movie a stronger direction and character development than the book had The story in general is creative and cute and the writing style is easily readable without feeling too young I iked the characters of Miss Price and Emelius and found them entertaining but the three children weren t really memorable As an interesting side note Emelius shy nervous personality in the book is almost the exact opposite of his personality in the film I think the only thing that really bothered me about this book is that overall the storyline and characters felt very underdeveloped Everything was fleshed out better in the movie This was generally a cute The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl lighthearted story but I felt that it definitelyacked something My edition of Bed Knob and Broomstick is the 1957 version which I felt that it definitely Exile and Pilgrim lacked something My edition of Bed Knob and Broomstick is the 1957 version which both of Mary Norton s works The Magic Bed Knob or How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons AND Broomsticks and Bonfires in a single volume The first section of the book euivalent to The Magic Bed Knob reveals how Carey Charles and Paul Wilson came to know Miss Eglantine Price and the adventures they had as a result The children are sent to the country to stay with their Aunt in Bedfordshire One morning when they go out early in the morning to hunt mushrooms they find Miss Price in crumpled and torn clothes and with an injured ankle She is pretty evasive when they try to find out what happened to her but Paul the youngest calmly supposes that she must have fallen from her broomstickSo Miss Price confides to the children I m guessing she s beenonging to share her secret with someone that she s been studying to be a witch but she s not so very good at it yet It takes an enormous amount of concentration and uninterrupted time especially if one wants to be a proper wicked witch She no sooner reveals her secret when she immediately regrets her indiscretion and in good wicked witch form starts thinking of some way of shutting the children up Carey suggests an alternative what if Miss Price gives them something magical and puts a spell on it so if the children reveal her secret then the magic will no onger workThe bargain is made and Miss Price enchants a bed knob that Paul has unscrewed from his bed If he screws it on half way and makes a wish the bed will take th. Takes on a new turn when Miss Price who is earning to be a witch casts a spell on their brass bedknob so that its magic can whisk them.