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Nurse Matilda: Nurse Matilda Series, Book 1 (Nurse Matilda #1)

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A delightful children's story book telling of the adventures Nurse Matilda and the Brown children have in London whilst visiting their Aunt Adelaide.

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Published May 14th 2009 by AudioGO (first published 1964)
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It's interesting to read YA books written a long ago--you can see how styles have changed over time.

Nurse Matilda, is an old fashioned story about a family coping with naughty children. Brand never tells you how many children they are and she changes their names frequently. Not one child is developed as a character but neither is anyone else. The parents are colorless and unremarkable except for their utter cluelessness. The servants are many and equally undistinguished. Aunt Adeliade has some s
May 12, 2015 Ivan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't love it. This was one of those books that comes to mind when I think of Shaw's quote: "Never give a child a book you wouldn't read yourself." Sorry, but this was a better movie ("Nanny McPhee"). I'll take "Mary Poppins" thank you. There were some nice bits, but I couldn't connect with the characters - they didn't behave in a plausible way. It just didn't click for me.
Funny, delightful, wholesome, old-fashioned and just perfectly well suited for children! we chose to listen to this one from audible and I am so glad that we did because the narrator was phenomenal! this was a lunchtime book of hours for three days and every day there were groans when it was time for me to turn it off. A keeper!
Jo Oehrlein
These stories are the basis of the new movie Nanny McPhee (which I haven’t seen), which is billed as the new Mary Poppins. The book is a bind-up of 3 books: Nurse Matilda, Nurse Matilda goes to Town, and Nurse Matilda Goes to Hospital. The children in the books are horribly, horribly bad and the parents believe their children are darlings. Nurse Matilda combines Mary Poppins’ sternness with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s remedies of exaggeration (curing by making you do the same thing many times). It’s a ...more
Gláucia Renata
Nov 03, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A família Brown possui inúmeros filhos e os mais arteiros que se possa imaginar. Não há mais babás que queiram trabalhar para eles, a não ser Matilda, muita feia com seu nariz batatoso e seu dentão horrendo. Será que ela conseguirá corrigi-los? E que método empregará? Leitura infantil de qualidade, boa para ler com os filhos em voz alta, boa pra gente mesmo em silêncio.

""E, justo quando os Brown estavam rezando para que ela continuasse sua corrida louca, fez exatamente o que as cabras sempre faz
Nevada Libert
Dec 18, 2014 Nevada Libert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i only got half way in to this book but it was just to naughty for me. i think it needs to be written better, i was expecting it to get better and for the children to learn better manners,

Nov 24, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This children's series (three books) is something I had ordered several years ago, never having heard of it, and I've just read this first book in the series. Nurse Matilda gets called in to help a family when the children are 'out of control.' That is certainly the case in the Brown family. They have many, many children (they don't say, but I listed them and got 27). They have a kind mother who never disciplines them and a staff that is constantly changing. When the children are particularly ba ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nurse Matilda. It is not in any way called Nanny McPhee, but it is quite good. Basically, the Brown children are very naughty so Mrs. Brown hires Nurse Matilda to sort them out. When she arrives, they are being simply horrid, and Nurse Matilda thumps her stick and they all have to keep doing whatever naughtiness they're doing until it becomes simply awful and they're immune to doing it again. For example, they eat too much porridge and jam and buns and bad-for-you things at breakfast, and Nurse ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Linden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I'm sure I read this because of the Ardizzone illustrations---seems I also bought this book many years later because of those illustrations with no memory of having read this in 1982!
Apr 06, 2016 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and fluffy comedy and more than a bit surreal at times. Written in the 60s, it echoes the style of a much earlier book. Magical Nurse Matilda arrives at the home of the Browns to help teach their innumerable children to behave properly. The repetitive narrative makes this a good read-aloud for younger children. The weirdness and understated humor might be better appreciated by older children (and grown-ups who appreciate those things).

The penultimate chapter, in which Nurse Matilda wraps u
Sep 03, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
A couple of months ago, I was watching Nanny McPhee,. I realised that while I knew the film was based on the Nurse Matilda stories of Christianna Brand I had never read them. I finally found a second hand copy of the collected tales, illustrated by her cousin Edward Ardizzone, and I read them with enormous enjoyment. Of course, the film changes many of the details of the stories; Mr Brown is not a slightly hopeless, hardworking undertaker; instead there is an incredibly fecund Mr and Mrs Brown w ...more
Nurse Matilda is about a family of many, many children that are mischievous and get up to no good. The parents of these children, Mr and Mrs Brown hire many nurses, governesses and maids but one day the children’s naughtiness goes too far and they all decide to leave. Now, as this has happened so many times none of the agencies who supply these nurses, governesses and maids, can find people who are willing to help take care of these children.

After Mr and Mrs Brown are recommended to find and emp
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 17, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nurse Matilda is the recommendations of wise parents who see the antics and misbehaviors of the Brown children. And so she arrives and sets about putting the children in order. Nurse Matilda is a little bit Mary Poppins, a little bit Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. But horribly ugly. And not very nice. She knows, nevertheless, how to get children to do the right thing.

Jul 15, 2015 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really wanted to like this book and hoped it would give a little insight into the movie. The stories were cute, but the writing style was hard to read and harder yet for my kids to understand. We are on a read the book and then watch the movie kick, so we finished it, but I don't know that the kids will connect the book with the movie much at all.
Elizabeth Licitra
Really wonderful story, but.... I struggle through books with more outdated language use, and this is one of them. I want to love it, and the kids wanted me to read it. I might still continue to read it, but only with a strong cup of coffee in hand. i will admit, I would chuckle while reading it.... in between some yawns.
I was curious to see how similar the book was to the Movie. I definitely enjoyed the movie more. The book was choppy and a bit vague. The characters were less likeable, even Nanny Matilda.
Nov 03, 2011 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked this book, although i liked the movie Nanny McPhee better. in the book there were so many children, and we (readers) never really met any of them. we didn't know who they were, what they liked to do... i felt like they were just names that the author liked and wanted to put into the story. in the movie there was only seven children, so it was a lot better to understand and have actual feelings for the characters. and i like the idea that in the movie the father needs to find a wife becau ...more
Ella Pyne
This is a good, easy read for you if you have maybe a younger sibling and they are bored. It is not the simplicity of a bedtime story, but it is not a grabbing plot either.
Thomas Shepherd
Jun 17, 2015 Thomas Shepherd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magical book of manners for how children are to behave made all the more brilliant by illustrations by the author's cousin, Edward Ardizzone. Full of fun and frollicks.
Kathleen Behrendt
These charming British stories, published in 1946, feature Nurse Matilda, an atrocious nanny with a magical walking stick who is the last resort for desperate parents. Nurse Matilda ultimately teaches children good behavior by showing them the down side of their bad behavior. The author uses many British words, such as nappy, treacle and Swedes, that might need some explaining.

Recommend this book to readers in third grade and up - even adults will enjoy this book. Recommend this to readers who l
Dana Salman
I suppose I expected a bit more from Nurse Matilda, although I knew her as nanny McPhee before I started reading. She ends all the children's mishaps in the same way; by using a reverse-phsycological magic that makes it so that they cannot stop what they're doing. Admittedly though, the children's antics were entertaining, but of course if they'd been my kids I'd beat them all to a pulp (but I'd probably make an exception to the Baby [why doesn't C.B give it a name to call by, for God's sake?:]) ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Madrose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a wonderful story and also quite funny. It is a lot of fun as are the two sequals.
Parafox{~Time is of Essence~}
Delightfully horrid. I mean, helping an Italian singer to translate her song into 'Great Aunt Adelaide is a silly old fool'? That is hilarious!
Jennifer Heise
Apr 25, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This classic nanny-tale is halfway between Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, in that the solution to every bad behavior of this exceptionally large and exceptionally badly-behaved family is to be required to go on doing it, until doing it becomes torture, and the children think to ask nicely for help. For those who don't like books in a historic/period setting this will be tedious; for those who still read E. Nesbit, it will be amusing though the ridiculous children are a bit over the top.
Feb 03, 2014 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-story, funny
A whimsical story geared for children. Great book to read with kids.
Jul 12, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Anne Homeschooling-Mama
This was a homeschooling read-aloud with the kids and I was chuffed at how much they enjoyed it. The ladybaby collapsed in giggles a few times, and even chickabid laughed out loud, especially at the antics of the Baby.
If you can get hold of it, the original Nurse Matilda is the best. A poor imitation of recent years is Nanny McPhee, but if the book is anything like the movie it's not really like Nurse Matilda at all. As always, read the book first and *then* see the movie.
Some parts were really very funny -- the children are so horribly naughty. It is told in highly British manner, mostly satirical in tone, but there are sweet moments too. All in all I enjoyed it, but this is an extremely rare instance in which I prefer the movie version. I endorse the changes that Emma Thompson made to the plot, in adapting it for the "Nanny McPhee" film script, especially to the character of Evangeline.
Jul 08, 2011 Cass rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read also included 'Nurse Matilda Goes to Town" and 'Nurse Matilda Goes to the Hospital.'
This is the book on which 'Nanny McPhee" was based and I loved the movie. But the movie is far more enjoyable than the book. It's a little boring after a while. I'm not sure it would even hold the interest of a child if you read it aloud. Don't bother reading the other books as they are just a rehash of the first.
Jul 18, 2016 Maryposa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was a simple, sweet, little story. I read bits of it to my girls and they giggled (which is saying a lot considering the minimal illustrations).

Favorite things about this book:
All the very creative and terrible mischief the children get into.
Making a list of all the children's names and trying to figure out exactly how many of them there are.
Nurse Matilda's arithmetic lesson
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Christianna Brand (December 17, 1907 - March 11, 1988) was a crime writer and children's author. Brand also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.

She was born Mary Christianna Milne in 1907 in Malaya and spent her early years in India. She had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant and governess.

Her first novel,
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Nurse Matilda (4 books)
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  • Nanny McPhee: Based on the Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda

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“Once upon a time there was a huge family of children; and they were terribly, terribly naughty.” 1 likes
“The Agency was doubtful, because they had already sent a lot of nurses and nannies and governesses to Mr. and Mrs. Brown's family. 'The person you want,' they said, 'is Nurse Matilda.” 1 likes
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