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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....

Title : Bed-Knob and Broomstick
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ISBN : 9780152024505
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Bed-Knob and Broomstick Reviews

  • lorinbocol
    2019-05-15 04:17

    tutti gli erripotter del mondo per uno solo di questi pomi d’ film non perde un colpo a distanza di decenni (rivisto di recente, garantisco), e quando ho trovato il libro su una bancarella di borghetto flaminio sono stata più felice di miss price davanti alla metà mancante del volume sul mago astoroth.(emelius browne è un fantastico nome da gatto. lo opziono pubblicamente, che si sappia).

  • Tara Lynn
    2019-05-20 05:26

    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 grandmother's apartment, watching Disney while she crocheted.

  • Miriam
    2019-04-25 05:35

    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.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-13 10:15

    "Once upon a time there were three children, and their names were Carey, Charles, and Paul. Carey was about your age, Charles a little younger, and Paul was only six." Marvelous adventure, still enjoyable decades after publication.There's a troubling chapter about South Sea cannibals, but the book is clearly fantasy, and so a young reader is not going to imagine that there really are 'natives' as depicted... it's not even as bad as the bit from Babar the Elephant.The themes are a bit like those of the little witch stories of Ruth Chew, but this is a larger, richer, deeper book. I loved the Borrower books when I was a child and still enjoy them, want to reread them, but I did not have access to this then; wish I had. I've no idea about the movie of this book, but the book itself I highly recommend to interested readers.

  • Myles
    2019-05-05 03:30

    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 secret and the sinister moments where Miss Price contemplated a nasty spell to keep the three children quiet about her secret.There was only one excursion on the bed here, a planned outing to a distant South Seas island (not Nabumbu), supposedly uninhabited. I couldn't help laughing when Carey and Charles were captured by the 'cannibal' islanders Carey sobbed "people should be careful what they write in encyclopedias!" The depictions of the islanders in text and image, the original illustrations were in my edition, are pretty dated and uncomfortably racist in late imperialist kind of way, but it's a brief encounter.The book ends with the children packed off back to London with the brass bed knob still in hand.The second book, Bonfires and Broomsticks had a little more action. Miss Price has mostly given up on magic already and only humors the children their one trip back in time to finish their pact involving the bed knob. Their trip back to the late 17th century led to them encountering the fraudulent necromancer Emilius Jones who they of course brought back with them to the present for an extended visit.When they return Emilius to his time they discover they've left him in a bit of trouble and have to somehow save him from the witchhunters who would burn him at the stake. Insta-substitutiary locomotion might be involved.All in all a decent little story, it was fun to spot the various details that Disney would incoporate into their film (Carey once remarks aloud why Miss Price wouldn't use magic for the National Defense, only to be hushed.) The film is better though.

  • LobsterQuadrille
    2019-04-21 07:35

    I can't help comparing this book to the excellent 1971 Disney movie version(one of my favorite movies!), and while it's a pretty good book on its own, it didn't hold up to the expectations I had for it based on the film. A lot of things were changed and added for the movie, which doesn't really bother me since I think these changes gave the movie a stronger direction and more character development than the book had.The story in general is creative and cute, and the writing style is easily readable without feeling too "young". I liked the characters of Miss Price and Emelius and found them entertaining, but the three children weren't really memorable. As an interesting side note, Emelius' shy, nervous personality in the book is almost the exact opposite of his personality in the film. I think the only thing that really bothered me about this book is that overall, the storyline and characters felt very underdeveloped. Everything was fleshed out better in the movie. This was generally a cute, lighthearted story, but I felt that it definitely lacked something.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-15 02:34

    This is two books combined into one, which became the basis for the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I apparently read the second one, because I have really vivid memories of several things happening, including the children visiting the 1700's and the final scene. It was probably back in the late 1980's, during the height of my Borrowers mania. I had no idea that Mary Norton had written the book that Bedknobs and Broomsticks was based on . . . although it's very loosely based. The children aren't evacuees, there's no Island of Naboomboo, and Emelius Jones isn't selling fake magic lessons on Portobello road. If, however, you aren't looking for a play-by-play of the film, you might enjoy this. It's fun, light, and magical. I don't think it's as strong as her Borrowers books, but the kids enjoyed having it read aloud to them.

  • Bev
    2019-04-29 03:07

    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 go out early in the morning to hunt mushrooms they find Miss Price in crumpled and torn clothes and with an injured ankle. She is pretty evasive when they try to find out what happened to her, but Paul (the youngest) calmly supposes that she must have fallen from her broomstick.So, Miss Price confides to the children (I'm guessing she's been longing to share her secret with someone) that she's been studying to be a witch, but she's not so very good at it yet. It takes an enormous amount of concentration and uninterrupted time--especially if one wants to be a proper wicked witch. She no sooner reveals her secret when she immediately regrets her indiscretion and (in good wicked witch form) starts thinking of some way of shutting the children up. Carey suggests an alternative--what if Miss Price gives them something magical and puts a spell on it so if the children reveal her secret then the magic will no longer work?The bargain is made and Miss Price enchants a bed-knob that Paul has unscrewed from his bed. If he screws it on half-way and makes a wish, the bed will take them anywhere they'd like to go--past or present. The children take it on a test run back to London--because Paul is missing his mother and get into all kinds of trouble with the police in the war-time black-out. They decide that their next adventure may need a little more (magical) insurance and invite Miss Price to join them on a visit to a South Seas Island. Their goal is to investigate the coral, but they wind up back in trouble...this time with cannibals. By the time Miss Price can get them out of harm's way and safely back to Paul's bedroom, they have no time left to clean up the sand and salty water before their aunt discovers the mess. She naturally doesn't believe their explanation of how it happened and packs them up and ships them back to their mother. End of part one.The second section (equivalent to Broomsticks and Bonfires) takes place two years later. Carey and Charles have systematically worked to convince Paul (and themselves) that their adventures with Miss Price were just dreams--all in an effort to prevent Paul from blurting out something strange at an inconvenient moment. Just when they've almost done the job, an advertisement from Miss Price appears in the newspaper saying that she would gladly take in children for the summer for a small fee. The children manage to persuade their mother that a summer in the country with their friend Miss Price is just what they need and off they go--ready for more adventures. (They are well-prepared because Paul left his aunt's house with the magic bed-knob in his pocket.) But when they arrive at Miss Price's they find that she has given up her studies. No more magic. Ever. She has bought the bed from the children's aunt--but they won't be allowed to travel on it. In fact, she unpacks their things for them and the bed-knob disappears. But then one morning, the bed, Miss Price, and Paul are gone and Carey and Charles are put out that Miss Price and their brother went traveling without them. After they reappear, Carey convinces Miss Price that it isn't fair that she and Charles didn't get one more chance and if Miss Price will let them travel into the past "just once" (because, after all, they didn't get to try that part out yet), then they could all be done with magic for ever. So, the children travel back to the 1600s, meet a "real" necromancer, bring him back to the 20th Century, and that's when a new set of problems arise....Previous to finding this book in a stack of books to be thrown out in the hallway at work (don't even get me started on that particular horrifying moment), my only exposure to the story of Miss Price, the apprentice witch, and the Wilson children (renamed Rawlings by Disney & co.), Carey, Charles, and Paul, was the Disney film starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson. I thoroughly enjoyed Disney's animated/live-action treat but it was very interesting to read the original stories and see how much had been changed--as Disney always did. One thing I do like about the Disney film is that it brings the themes of World War II very much to the center of the story. The book(s) by Norton touches upon the war--with references to the black-out and the children wondering if it would be fair to use magic in war-time. What if all the soldiers were turned into white mice? But, unlike the movie, Miss Price is not studying magic to aid the war effort--she simply wants to become a witch. And apparently a wicked one at that--though her actions belie any real wickedness in her nature. I enjoyed this venture into the book behind the Disney film more than Mary Poppins (for my take on that pleas see my review)--there wasn't quite the difference between the book and the movie in the character of Miss Price as there was with Mary. This was a fun read. One that I know I would have enjoyed even more had I read it when I was a child.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Loren Johnson
    2019-05-10 04:20

    It's very difficult for me to rate this because I think that my opinion is a tad biased, given how much I love the movie adaptation of this. I know the film like the back of my hand, and unfortunately I believe that that's what put me off with this book in several ways. There are obviously similarities but the two are practically different stories in most respects. I have a great deal of respect for this work, and the era from which it came, however, and am not saying that it is an unenjoyable read. I did like it, just not as much as the movie I suppose. But once again, I think I'm being a bit biased.

  • Shiloah
    2019-04-26 07:06

    The movie is very little like the book. A fun read aloud! I read this with my little Bella (11)."I distinctly told you to stay by the bed. I've been frightened out of my wits about you. Out of my wits. I came back here, worn-out with witchcraft, longing to put my feet up for five minutes - and what do I find?" "...don't worry Miss Price--she can't do magic with a sprained ankle.""There should be moderation in all things--even in magic."

  • Eden
    2019-05-02 04:34

    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 the book as well. Usually the books are better than the films. So, I readied myself for exciting adventures.And I truly wanted to love this book as I do the movie, but I just can't. It's not that the book is bad; it isn't and it's very nicely written. However, the adventures weren't all that exciting. I found myself often getting bored while reading this book and there just wasn't any connect with any of the characters.This is one time where, in my opinion, that the movie is better than the book.

  • Bookista
    2019-05-07 08:07

    Not a completely unappealing story, but Mary Norton both overly complicates plot points and makes them boring. It's like she can't write a "straight" children's fantasy novel, she has to add all these qualifiers and objections to magic in it. This is one case where the movie is better than the book.

  • Daisy White
    2019-04-30 02:33

    I loved this book as a kid so was thrilled to spot it in a charity shop for my own children. The story starts off fairly slowly but builds brilliantly. My 7-year-old was reading by torchlight after lights out (his sign of a good book!)The character descriptions are beautifully done and the many strands of the story woven in very neatly, never losing focus or distracting the reader. Still love it!

  • Maria
    2019-05-05 04:22

    милая, но совсем простенькая, лет на 8-10

  • Trish
    2019-04-28 08:35

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is one of my favorite Disney movies and I was so very excited to find out there was a book before the movie. Not only a book, but that an author I had read before, Mary Norton who wrote The Borrowers, was the author.Ms. Norton's book did not disappoint me. While quite different from the movie, we still have Miss Eglantine Price and the kids -- Carrie, Charlie, and Paul. We don't exactly get the same story, but there are enough bits and pieces from the book that you can see the inspiration in the movie, especially the island scene. Alas, while there is a bit of Substitutiary Locomotion in the book, it's not quite the focus it was in the movie. I do like the Substitutiary Locomotion and did miss the spell, which actually I think was a song in the movie. (Treguna Mekoides Trecorum Satis Dee).Anyways, read the book if you liked the movie. It won't disappoint you.

  • Nathan Sizemore
    2019-05-18 07:31

    90/100I really enjoyed reading these to my kids. There are some delicate, humorous observations throughout that resonated with me over the three weeks or so that I was reading it to the kids at bedtime. Mary Norton tells an enchantingly small story of a witch who feels conflicted about being a witch and the children who end up in a comfortable (for them) conspiracy with her to keep her magic a secret. This is actually a collection of two different books that can be read as a single story and I found myself wishing there was another episode when we finished even if a third book would likely ruin the satisfying conclusion of the existing two. I guess we'll need to pick up The Borrowers soon and make our way through that series.

  • Carol
    2019-05-22 07:08

    If you can read this book and view it as a totally different piece of work from the 1971 movie with Angela Lansbury, which is a movie I deeply love, there is no reason not to adore it. Whimsical and delightful!

  • Kelsey
    2019-05-20 08:06

    Both stories are highly entertaining, but book #2 makes the whole thing worth it.

  • Serena.. Sery-ously?
    2019-05-21 10:30

    Ho visto mille votle il film con Angela Lansbury (e ho la canzone di Portobello sul lettore mp3.. :D) ma in tutta onestà non sapevo fosse tratto da un libro!! Quando ho visto che la Salani lo avrebbe ripubblicato (santa Salani!) ho contato i giorni che mancavano.. Il giorno che è uscito sono andata in libreria con poche speranze (MEH. Se non si parla dei super best-seller alcuni libri vengono totalmente ignorati), invece ce ne erano tantissime copie perché l'addetta al reparto bambini ci capisce (e mi ha dato una pacca ammirata sulla spalla per averlo comprato il primo giorno di uscita :DD)! Se vi è piaciuto il film (e a parte quelli che non lo conoscono perché di un'altra generazione.. COme si fa a non amare quel film??) e se pensate che i libri di infanzia non siano solo per bambini.. Questo libro vi incanterà! Sia per la storia (che però non è uguale al film.. Anzi, parecchio diversa!) sia per lo stile dell'autrice che mi ha davvero sorpreso in positivo! Mi è piaciuta la parte (seppur breve) ambientata nella Londra del 1666 raccontata in modo del tutto non scontato.. :))Consigliatissimo! E leggetelo/fatelo leggere ai vostri bambini, mi raccomando!!

  • Mindy Conde
    2019-05-14 03:24

    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 sometimes more special than normal life. It was one of the first books that gave me that sense of wonder that comes along with a new book. I'll admit, it has diminished a bit over the years with maturity and experience, but it is still there to some degree every time I pick up a new book, and I owe much of that fascination to this very book. I can't wait until my niece is old enough so that I can read this to her :)

  • Sharon
    2019-05-09 05:22

    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 "witch doctor" is impressed with Miss Price's magic and they make their escape.In the second book, the children convince Miss Price to let them take a spin into the past. There, they meet Emelius Jones of London -- in 1666. They end up bringing him into their time to keep him from being executed as a sorceror, and a whole different set of problems ensue.Overall, I found the book quite enjoyable, but I think I liked the movie a wee bit better.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-04-29 04:32

    I only have very vague recollections of the film, so much so that the book was a completely new adventure for me. I never read it as a child, but really enjoyed reading it now! Not sure what that says about me. I loved the story - an apprentice witch, a magical bedknob, cannibals and a trip to the past - all brilliantly written with some nice characters too. My only niggle was the older children's treatment of Paul - I really didn't get that, but I suppose child readers would probably appreciate how annoying younger siblings can be - luckily, mine is all grown up and we don't live together, so I can look back to our childhood with more fondness! Anyway, back to the book. A nice short, enjoyable read - a cross between the Narnia books and the Famous Five. I loved the illustrations too. Well worth reading.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-06 06:28

    Completely wonderful. I love Mary Norton's ability to present her characters as people you could either be or know. Her storytelling draws you in, because it encapsulates what living everyday life is like. I liked the juxtaposition of mystical and practical (maybe this is what resonates with me so much about her writing) and the unexpected turns the story takes. Also, the ending isn't perfectly happy, but I liked it very much.Edit: I've noticed several people mentioning that they felt the three children characters weren't fleshed out enough. For me, this was actually beneficial, because I felt it easier to imagine you *are* the child experiencing this. They almost become iconic stand-ins for me or you, which I think added to the strength of the story. Just my opinion on the matter.

  • Morgan
    2019-05-14 09:26

    The second part of this book was better than the the first half in my opinion. I mean I liked the book overall, but the first half was boring at times and more introducing the Miss Price and the three main kids. The second part you actually started having an adventure.I should also note that yes the movie with the same title is based on both the books. The move is a little different though with the plot. In some ways I kind of like the movie better.This was written before the Borrowers too, probably her more famous book series. I liked those books better too. Like I said the first part to me seemed a little choppy, but the second half is better.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-29 05:16

    I so desperately wanted to enjoy this book. I adore Disney's film adaptation, so I thought for sure I would love the source material on this gloomy day. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to find that the adventures in the film were far more extravagant, whimsical, and fun than the few adventures in the book. It doesn't happen often, but in this case I would strongly endorse viewing the film and forgetting about the book. Perhaps it is just me, but I also found Carey and Charles to be quite bratty in the way they talked down to Paul even if he was the youngest.

  • Kate
    2019-05-01 03:36

    Requiring some on-the-fly editing due to unbelievable racism, and an ending that I find quite an odd choice, this is a book where not everything made sense but I enjoyed the premise and the characters enough for three stars. Reads like two novellas squished together and has the feel of Green Knowe for some reason.

  • Skye
    2019-05-03 04:35

    4.5 StarsRead this as a child and adored it, still lovely, especially Norton's witty and concise writing style, though the stories themselves were more exciting in my memory than in this reread.Strangest thing is, I can remember scenes from these books that aren't in this edition or the Disney movie. I wonder if there is a another version out there?

  • CLM
    2019-05-09 04:24

    When Carey, Charles and Paul are sent to stay with their aunt in the country during the summer holidays, they meet a woman in the village, Miss Price, who is studying to be a witch, and they become involved with her magic.

  • Danny
    2019-04-25 05:15

    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.

  • Chris
    2019-04-30 07:31

    It's by one of my favorite authors. It was actually very entertaining. I loved The Borrowers too!