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Bed-Knob and Broomstick (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)

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The Magic Bed-Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks in one volume. These are the exploits of the three Wilson children; Miss Price, the apprentice witch; and the flying bed. A tale of a witch-in-training and trouble of the most unforgettable kind.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1943)
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Tara Lynn
Jul 25, 2008 Tara Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
Bev Hankins
My edition of Bed-Knob and Broomstick is the 1957 version which combines 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 (equivalent 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 g...more
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
A fun story of three children, a "witch" and a magical bedknob that takes them any time and place on earth (not quite the TARDIS but not far off). Shades of Mary Poppins too and well written, with that episodic speediness of 40s fiction. Norton wrote _The Borrowers_ series as well. Read as a discard from my elementary school library, and unfortunately, like Mary Poppins, seems a bit racist, with some south sea island cannibals. Enjoyable for a grownup!
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
Three children find out that their neighbor is a witch and convince her to make them something that's magic. Using a bedknob one of the children have, Miss Price does her magic and with it, they are able to make the bed fly. The children are happy and can't wait to begin their adventures.

Many times when I was a kid, I watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which was a fun and exciting movie that I still love to this day.

I decided to give the book a read - since I love the movie, I figured I'd love th...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
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
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.
This is one of my favorite movies. It has been since I was a kid. I know am in the minority in thinking it better than Marry Poppins...but I do.

I had never, however, read the book (or books--it's two short books). What fun! It is, of course a TOTALLY different story than the movie (no Nazis or talking animals or soccer matches and Emelius Brown fake magician is actually Emelius Jones a 17th Century Necromancer)...but it is also fun to find bits and pieces of the movie in the Miss Pr...more
My daughter got this book from the library and I thought I would check it out since I remember loving it as a child. I think I did see the movie, but only once so I don't really remember it.

I was a little disappointed. It turns out that the book is actually two shorter stories published as one novel and it wasn't as good as I remembered.

The story was okay, but you learn very little about the children's backgrounds and personalities and it's just not that exciting. Also one episode where they vi...more
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
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
Author: Mary Norton
Illustrator: Anthony Lewis (1993)
First Published: 1943/1945

One of the easiest ways to convince my daughter we should read aloud a classic, is to get the DVD. We can't watch the movie until we've read the book. That's the rule! (And my daughter believes in rules). So while we were at the DVD shop picking up Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (we'd just finished Ian Fleming's original) we saw Bedknobs and Broomsticks with a 3-for-2 sticker. So, off we go to the bookshop...

I didn't read thi...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
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
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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One Christmas season, as well as watching Mary Poppins, we watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I loved that the movie was set during the second world war and I wondered how it was handled in the book, so I bought the book. Turns out it wasn't handled at all. The whole premise for the student witch to learn magic in the movie does not exist in the book. Further, the book was actually two books put together: The Magic Bed-Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks. The movie is very loosely based on the two...more
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
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.
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
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
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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
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