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Mrs Coverlet's Magicians (Lost Treasures #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Trade Paperback with 190 pages, 2002 - Theodore "The Toad" Persever is up to something his brother and sister are sure of it. Ever since their housekeeper, Mrs. Coverlet, went away on tour after winning a cooking contest, their baby-sitter has been acting very strangely. Normally strict and fastidious, Miss Eva Penalty has been languishing in bed since the day she arrived. ...more
190 pages
Published January 1965 by Little Brown & Company (first published 1962)
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Feb 06, 2017 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-childhood
Like its predecessor, this story of the doings of three children (once again left to their own devices in the absence of both their father and a beloved housekeeper) was lightly amusing and a fast read. I probably would have enjoyed it a lot had I read it as a kid, but despite pretty good characterization and agreeably tart dialogue, it doesn't have a lot to offer an adult reader of children's books, and it's not one I expect to reread. That said, I was amused by the names of the kittens in the ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Nigham rated it it was ok
Well, I guess I am not a kid anymore. XD


Jul 13, 2007 Mel rated it liked it
Shelves: library, children
Another childhood favorite. I had remembered pretty much all of the plot, so there were no surprises there. However, the dialogue was very hard to get into. The two older children spoke and behaved more like adults than children, and their condescension towards the Toad was pretty annoying by the end. I think I vaguely recall disliking the dialogue and characterization as a child, but the plot was interesting enough that I didn't care. Now I do.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This book was published in 1961, the year before I was born. I remember my sister bought it from Scolastic Book Services at school and we read it aloud. It reflects the 1960s media fascination with witchcraft and the occult, though without the dark, scary twist it would be given today.

Ostensibly written for children, but when I re-read it with adult eyes I realise the adult author is winking over the kiddies' heads at the parents, making jokes that children of Toad or Molly's age in 1961 probabl
Feb 16, 2009 Jefry added it
This book is about 3 kids whos mom is dead and there dad is in a buseniess trip in a tin mine and there housekeeper won a baking contest and went to New york. They were left with a neighbor and she was the stubborn kind. Toad the youngest kid was a magican but his brother malcom and his sister molly had no idea about it but then he starts doing unusall things for example he says its going to snow in loganbury where it has never snowed before. Also he finds a chritmas tree with a stick and spins ...more
Elisheva Rina
Feb 20, 2017 Elisheva Rina rated it did not like it
A bland, old-fashioned book. I read the other reviews, and apparently kids nowadays believe in Santa? And this book almost spoiled it for some? So strange. Why would adults nowadays fool their kids with such nonsense?
Zoe Lampman
Nov 23, 2014 Zoe Lampman rated it really liked it
Mrs. Coverlet's Magicians by Mary Nash is a cleverly written book about three siblings, Malcolm, Molly, and Theodore "the Toad" Persever who find themselves alone for Christmas because their father's business trip is delayed and their friendly nanny/house-keeper, Mrs. Coverlet, is away to claim an award. When their loathsome old neighbor, Miss Eva, moves in to take care of them they are forced to eat healthy and no fun is allowed. Malcolm and Molly, the older of the siblings politely do as they' ...more
Jul 06, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: boomers with very young kids
Shelves: children, fiction
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Jennifer Heise
Jan 19, 2016 Jennifer Heise rated it it was amazing
I still love this book and the concept of gently getting an interfering supervisor-type out of one's hair. Even though Toad is amazingly egotistical (why yes, he is the youngest!) and the two older ones are rather stuck-up, I enjoyed the dialog still. I so identified with the older ones, and with poor Mrs. Coverlet when she found out what happened! A solid and comfortable read, though nowadays people would be horrified if children were found to be shifting for themselves like this... but who can ...more
Sheri S.
Feb 20, 2016 Sheri S. rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book though not quite as much as When Mrs. Coverlet Was Away. I read most of it to my six year old but left out the parts which went into detail about the magical practices of the Toad. For that reason, I probably wouldn't recommend this book for young readers. I continue to really enjoy the names the author uses for the various characters (i.e. Reverend Forthright, Ms. Eva Penalty, Mr. Romain). I'm looking forward to reading the third and final book in this series.
Margaret Martin
Nov 29, 2014 Margaret Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books-read
IF YOUR CHILD STILL BELIEVES IN SANTA AVOID THIS BOOK. We did not know this before we started reading and it took quite a bit of editing - I'm talking skipping entire chapters - not to run into problems. My son is 6 and in many ways this book is perfect for kids his age; but the whole "let's be blunt about how this Santa thing really works" is geared more towards older kids.
Linda Evans
Jun 02, 2008 Linda Evans rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young readers and their parents
Recommended to Linda by: Scholastic Book Club
I can just look at the book spine and it all comes back to me - the plot of course, and the humor, but most of all, the love of reading, the sheer joy of it, really, a feeling that began about the time I received my copy in the mail and has never, ever left.
Aug 27, 2008 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens
I found an old copy of this book on the library shelf and thought it looked like fun. It was! How come I never knew about Mrs. Coverlet when I was young? Looks like there are a couple of other Mrs. Coverlet books as well, which I would love to read sometime.
Sep 21, 2007 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I absolutely loved this book as a kid - I bought it with allowance money from Scholastic Book Service and re-read it a million times. There's no great moral lesson or anything (hell, the kid uses voodoo on his old babysitter) but I just thought it was great fun.
Kristin Aker Howell
Dec 21, 2012 Kristin Aker Howell rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-fiction, religion
This is a sweet, Christmas story about children pulling together to care for each other, and their maid. Yes, the youngest uses Voodoo, and it appears to work, but that definitely adds to the appeal of this mild-mannered book. Longer review on my website
Jen Brown
Jan 26, 2016 Jen Brown rated it it was amazing
I love Toad!
May 20, 2012 Brenda added it
This was a book my parents bought for me when I was 8 years old and I just read it to my 8 and 10 year olds. They both really enjoyed it and so did I.
Kathryn McCary
A neat little package that wraps up the magic in time for Christmas. Pleasant, undemanding, with likeable (if not, perhaps, very complex) characters and an amusing plot.
Jul 13, 2013 Sartan rated it did not like it
I read this as an older child and had forgot about it. I just read it again and was very disappointed in it!
Dec 17, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
1961 home alone, cute, not great
Christina Zable
May 19, 2009 Christina Zable rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this to the girls and love it as much as I ever did, which is a lot.
Jul 17, 2012 Lauri rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite childhood books! Oh if only I had that magic kit!
Nov 15, 2009 Mommalibrarian rated it really liked it
Weekly Reader Children's Book Club
I discover bread pudding. It sounded wonderful. It would be years before I ever got to taste. All bread pudding is measured by the standard set here.
Dec 29, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
One of my mother's favorite children's book, from her childhood! We've had it in the house forever and I finally read it while visiting. Cute story. I think I might try and hunt down the other two.
Sep 29, 2010 Reed rated it it was amazing
I've read this book almost every Christmas since I got it through the Weekly Reader Book Club in grade school. I adore it and never tire of it.
Jake Hyslop
May 25, 2016 Jake Hyslop rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time
Emma Richerson
Jan 17, 2016 Emma Richerson rated it it was amazing
My mother read this book to me when I was a small child. I'll always love this story and plan to read it to my children someday.
Monale rated it it was amazing
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