Monday, February 16, 2015

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Title: Five Children and It

Author: E. Nesbit

Published: Penguin Books, 2013 (originally published 1903)

Pages: 235

Series: Book 1, Five Children

Summary: While exploring the environs of their summer home, five brothers and sisters find a Psammead, or Sand-fairy, in a nearby gravel pit: “Its eyes were on long horns like a snail’s eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat’s ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider’s and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey’s.” The Psammead is magical and, every day, the ancient and irritable creature grants each of them a wish that lasts until sunset. Soon they find their wishes never seem to turn out right and often have unexpected—and humorous—consequences. And when an accidental wish goes terribly wrong, the children learn that magic, like life, can be as complicated as it is exciting.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I was looking forward to reading this book as I have been challenging myself to read the penguin drop caps books over the next year or two and I figured since this was a children's book it shouldn't take me too long to get through it.

When I got the book I was impressed that there were quite a few pictures throughout the book and I thought this added a nice little layer to the story and the pictures were just really fun.

Because this book was written over 100 years ago, the writing style is a little different and I found it quite interesting.  For instance, there are times when the children are collectively referred to it.  

I feel like Five Children and It needs to be read in parts over several nights, and as it is written for children, with a child.  The chapters are really repetitive in part and so I have to say that I did get a little bored.

I did enjoy reading Five Children and It but at the same time I did find it got a little too repetitive for my liking.  I am however, glad I read it for the experience.

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