2011: 50. Bed-knob and Broomstick

Bed-knob and Broomstick, Mary Norton

        I never read this book growing up, but I was, of course, well acquainted with the Disney movie* (Angela Landsbury! The dad from Mary Poppins! “Portobello Road”! Treguna, Makoidees, Trecorum, Sadis Dee!).  And the book isn’t really much like it, plot wise - there are no Nazis here, the children aren’t London urchins who’ve been sent to the country, just normal kids who are on vacation, and while there is a tropical island, it’s not filled with animated sentient animals.  Plus, the love interest (Mr. Browne) in the book is from the days of Charles II (and Miss Price goes back with him).  But, having read the book, and quite enjoyed it (and expected no less from the creator of The Borrowerers, which were books I adored when I was young,), I still have a secret sensation that I like the movie better.  I know, I know, it’s not in the spirit of book-wormism, but blame Walt.  I knew the movie first, and I missed it when reading the book.

         But that is silly - it’s a perfectly charming kids book, and I think any one who likes Nesbit, or Edward Eager would find it lovely.  But, also, go rent the movie! 

Categories:  Children’s Books

*Which is actually called Bedknobs and Broomsticks, in the plural.  Odd change.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017