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Bedknob And Broomstick (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)

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In The Magic Bedknob, Carey, Charles and Paul 6 find prim Miss Price injured by falling off her broomstick. For their silence, she bespells a bedknob to carry them where-ever and when-ever. In Bonfires and Broomsticks two years later, they bring necromancer Emelius Jones to visit. But his neighbors want to burn him at the stake for disappearing in the Great Fire of London.
188 pages
Published (first published 1943)
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Tara Lynn
Jul 25, 2008 Tara Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tara by: Brad - (He gave me this copy)
I grew up watching a Beta tape (OMG) version of this movie, starring Angela Lansbury, when I was younger. When I became a little older, and many of the original Disney classics that we ONLY had on beta were lost, 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 grandmothe...more
Miriam
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.
Sharon
Somehow, I never read this book in my youth -- despite a tremendous fondness for the Disney film based upon it. The book and the film are quite different from one another, which is probably not two surprising.

"Bed-Knob and Broomstick" is actually two separate but related books that have been combined. In the first one, amateur witch Miss Price takes three children (Paul, Carey and Charles) to a tropical island via a magical bed-knob -- which is, unfortunately, inhabited by cannibals. The local "...more
Mindy Conde
This was always one of my favorites growing up. Unlike a lot of kids in my generation, since this book was written in the 50's, I actually read the book before the movie came out. Though the movie was good, the book was certainly better. This was one of the first books I read where I distinctly remember being amazed at the things in the book; could these things really happen? How did she think of such amazing things? I realized that books really do have their own special world, separate and some...more
Dave Jones
I ran out of library books to read so I grab a book from my library that I hadn't read and pulled out "Bed-Knob and Broomstick" by Mary Norton, the author of "The Borrowers". No, it isn't an abridged edition that eliminates the "S" that Disney added. One Bed-Knob. One Broomstick. And it is enough. I loved reading this book. It begins with one of the most brilliant openings for a children's book "Once upon a time there were three children, and their names were Carey, Charles, and Paul. Carey was...more
Dale
Thoroughly enjoyable stories. This is the first time I have been able to obtain a copy of this title despite watching the Disney Movie when younger.

Mary Norton's Mary Norton stories The Adventures of the Borrowers are always full of interesting imagery of times gone by and the mixing in of the fantastical magic adds to the environment.

The illustrations by Erik Blegvad Erik Blegvad for the 1957 edition where The Magic Bed-knob, 1945 and Bonfires and Broomstics, 1947 are combined, are simply, scru...more
Danny
This book is almost completely unlike the movie in particulars, but can still be described as a book about three English children who find a rather prudish witch who grants them a magic bed-knob as a gift.

I enjoyed it. There's lots more time travel and brushes with tragedy.
TwoDrinks
Most people cannot believe that I've neither read this book nor seen the film so when I came across it in a box in the loft it seemed that Fate was calling me. As a book of its time (published in 1945) it has some lovely subtle references to WW2, and overall I found it a charming read with some very thoughtful and well considered descriptions. I really liked the way Carey was 'about your age'. Although now it's going to wind me up every time someone calls it 'Bedknobs and Broomstick' and I'll ha...more
An Odd1
In The Magic Bedknob, Carey "about your age", Charles "a little younger" and Paul "only six" p 11 are sent to Much Frensham village so their mother can work. They find prim Miss Price injured by falling off her broomstick. For their silence, she bespells a bedknob for Paul "the younger the better" p 32 to carry them where-ever and when-ever.
Adventure brings out gumption in the children, and laughter in Miss P and the reader. Instead of perusing moldy grimoires among dusty cobwebs, she dons a "w...more
Tammy Dring
The book, Bedknob and Broomstick, is actually a combination of two short stories into one volume by Mary Norton, who is more known for writing The Borrowers. It follows three young Londoners named Carey, Charles and Paul. While living with their aunt in the English countryside they learn that their spinsterly neighbor down the lane is a witch. Well, a witch in training. Miss Price, first name, Eglantine, (yeah Eglantine) is taking correspondence classes to become a witch. (Where do I find those...more
Myles
Having loved the Disney film growing up I was pleasantly surprised to come across the original books! Since I've read The Borrowers I felt I could expect a good story. Unfortunately it was a bit of a mixed bag.

The first book, The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons was a cute little story about Carey, Charles and Paul visiting their aunt in the country and discovering a neighbor lady crashed in the garden. I liked how the origin of Miss Price's witch lessons was kept se...more
Isabella
I think that all ages should read this book because it includes every detail in this book. For example, "You are a Witch! I saw you on a broom in the air last night, I saw it! Mrs. Price was whimpering sad as never before." This is a fantabulous book.

Mrs. Price:
This character has a lesson about living. Sometimes you want to hide things from people, but you have to tell the truth. For example, Mrs Price wanted to be a witch, but she did not want anybody to know. So, she always flew at night. One...more
Shawn Thrasher
The Miss Price of Mary Norton's Bedknob is a really interesting study of what I imagine was supposed to be a modern woman in 1943. Single, with a career (in this case witchcraft) well-dressed, not fond of children (she essentially threatens them with magical harm if they reveal to the world she is a witch). It's really interesting that the two strongest characters - and the two characters who go head-to-head the most - are not the boys, but their sister Carey and Miss Price. Miss Price is short...more
Me
Obviously the audience during World War II was much different than the audience today.

This book is light and carefree, and really, really short. The first half was one simple journey, a little explanation, trouble, the end. The second half was a little explanation, a journey, a little time, a second journey, and then some really stupid choices.

It has so little plot to it.

Plus what is rule 101 in time travel? Do not alter the past!

So maybe this book was written before that rule became common s...more
Gale
High-Flying Bed--in Space and Time

Mary Norton's 1940 children's classic remains as fresh and delightful today as when first published. While on summer holidays at the home of an elderly aunt in the country, Carey, Charles and young Paul make the acquaintance of a neighbor lady who is secretly studying witchcraft--only for "white" purposes of course--on her own. To ensure the kids' silence re her unusual hobby Miss Price provides them with a spell as her part of the bargain: she bewitches one of...more
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Olivia Mainville
I couldn’t really enjoy this book, as the language is too British and out-dated for me, especially in the dialogue. The witch Miss Price keeps saying “Oh dear, oh dear!” to everything, which is quite annoying after a while, especially since most of the characters’ problems, such as giving three children a teleporting bed, are her fault. She kind of disturbed me from the very first few pages, considering she gives a picture book of “Paradise Lost” to a child. I found the description of the telepo...more
Melinda
I think my biggest upset was that it had nothing to do with the movie. Ok... very little to do with the movie. Which in itself is no big deal, but the cover was from the movie so the entire time I was wondering when something familiar - besides the 4 characters and bed knob - would happen. Even besides that, I felt a disconnect with the characters and story line so I never really had that connection.
Liza Goldberg
First off, this is NOT the movie!
This is simply the book that gave Disney a springboard, and vaguely the characters. The children's personalities translated into the movie, and that the witch was Miss Price, but past that there's little similarity.

I liked these books, they are cute in an outdated fashion. But I'm also glad Disney embellished on the themes.
Craig
The movie version of this story is one of my favorites from growing up and it still sucks me in today. I was excited to finally read it only to be surprised that not only was the story vastly different from the movie but that the script writers did a great job improving on a book where very little actually happens. And big chunks of the action on the kids' adventures on the bed happens between chapters and completely "offscreen." Overall the movie is a keeper, the book will get donated to the li...more
Liz
This really is an adorable little book. The writing is clever and catchy, yet simple enough for a newly independent reader to enjoy. The story is delightful; who doesn't wish they had a bed that could fly anywhere they want, even the past! That combination of magic and time exchange really is perfect for little imaginations. I remember being so fascinated with traveling to the past when I was a kid (is that all kids, or just my Michael J Fox generation?). This is definitely a book I'll encourage...more
Phil Tims
Well I hate to say it but, this is one of them books you read where you have watched the film for years and really want to like the book but something here was clearly amiss. The plot of the book couldn't be further from the film which I see as a good thing so I can enjoy a new expereince with the people I loved, however I feel in the book they remain largly undeveloped and always feeling slightly empty in the conversations and adventures in the book. I feel the excitement that the film delivers...more
Jileen
I just finished reading this to my boys. Wow! Totally different from the movie. My boys have only seen it once, and it was several years ago, so it didn't bother them much but it was amazing to me how very different the movie is from the book. The movie is probably better but we still enjoyed the book. The magical bedknob was still there and the characters had a few interesting adventures that intrigued my boys. The biggest letdown was the ending. They were immensely disappointed that it was abo...more
Krysta
I grew up on the Disney adaptation of this book so naturally I was curious to see what the source material was like. The two are very different. While there are a few things like names and the idea of a magic bedknob that the book and film share, the similarities pretty much end there. No island with talking animals or invading Nazis. I was ok with that though - the book is charming in it's own way, complete with cannibals and time travel. If nothing else I found it interesting that Disney took...more
Laura Elizabeth
Disclaimer: Don't read this if you think you're reading the movie adaption, like by the book. 'Cause that, it AINT.

Seriously though, it varies a lot, as most movie adaptations do.

"Bed-Knob and Broomstick" is actually two separate but related books that have been combined. In the first one, a local witch Miss Price takes three children (Paul, Carey and Charles) to a tropical island using a magical bed-knob which is they find is inhabited by cannibals. In the second book, the children convince M...more
Robyn
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I normally don't say that a movie version of a book is better, especially when they've changed a lot. I'll go as far as saying that a movie version is different and enjoyable, but when they're very different I like to view them as fairly separate entities. In this case, I can't. It's an ok book, but the movie is far, far better. The book doesn't have enough conflict, and as it's two books here combined as one volume, it doesn't all hang together. It's nice to see where the stor...more
Maria
Magical books were a mainstay of my childhood and this nook is no exception. Three children befriend a spinster in the country who turns out to be more interesting than she might initially appear. She makes a magical bed-knob for them that allows them to use a bed to travel through space and time. The rest of the book follows them on their adventures. Reading this book set in the English countryside makes me long for a garden. Miss Price, the friendly neighborhood spinster and witch, also has a...more
Abigailann (Abigail)

The first thing that strick me when I read this book was how little I remembered of the film (I'll have to watch it again some time) and that the scene I remembered most (set under sea) wasn't there at all in the original text. Despite this I really loved this gentle read, addressed directly to the child reading (or the child at heart reading) and full of magical happenings. I also loved the references to history and the way the children in the story innocently didn't seem to expect much to be d...more
Edward
I thought that this was a very good book because it involved things that I enjoy reading. Things such as magic, history and geography. My favorite character in this book was Paul because Paul was very little but he knew a lot of things that Charles and Carey didn't know. I think that the author of this book wrote this book because she wanted something to let readers enjoy. My favorite part of this book was when Paul, Charles and Carey entered Miss Price's magic room. I would recommend this book...more
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Mary Norton (née Pearson) was an English children's author. She was the daughter of a physician, and was raised in a Georgian house at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house now consists of part of Leighton Middle School, known within the school as The Old House, and was reportedly the setting of her novel The Borrowers. She married Robert C. Norton in 1927 and had four children...more
More about Mary Norton...
The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1) The Borrowers Afield (The Borrowers #2) The Borrowers Afloat (The Borrowers #3) The Borrowers Aloft (The Borrowers #4) The Borrowers Avenged (The Borrowers #5)

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