Miss Price, it turns out, is studying to be a witch and takes the children on a series of thrilling adventures via a flying bed. They visit a London police station and a tropical island, and go back in time to the 17th century.
This book inspired the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
©1957 Mary Norton; (P)1992, 2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
This is the kind of story I loved when I was a child. 3 children on summer holiday notice a neighbor is practicing witchcraft. Miss Price gives them a spell which allows them to travel in time and space. After several adventures which turn out different than intended, Miss Price finds love in the 17th century. Even though I still liked this book as an adult, the ending did seem abrupt and illogical (even for a fantasy, because all stories should have their own logic). Anna Massey is perfect as the narrator - a proper British lady, like Miss Price.
I remember the movie. It was cheerful, fun and entertaining. The book was boring and parts of it were rather depressing. The narrator was good, but the story was not. The children seemed rather stupid. Miss Price was not too bright either. Except for one short bit, the adventure in the South Pacific was dull. Maybe I would have loved the book if I heard it in the 1950s, but I found the story slow and decided to stop listening before the end and save twenty minutes of my time for something else.
I loved the movie, but this is not the movie. The characters have the same names, and the story is similar but it is very different. I did not enjoy this book.
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