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Bedknob and Broomstick | [Mary Norton]

Bedknob and Broomstick

It all begins when Carey, Charles, and Paul are sent away to stay with their old aunt in a Bedfordshire village. It looks like an uneventful summer is ahead, until the day they find Miss Price sitting in the garden. She, it turns out, is studying to be a witch and takes the children on a series of adventures via a flying bed. They visit a London police station and a tropical island, and go back in time to the 17th century.
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Publisher's Summary

It all begins when Carey, Charles, and Paul were sent away to stay with their old aunt in a Bedfordshire village. It looks like an uneventful summer is ahead, until the day they find Miss Price sitting in the garden, her grey coat and skirt torn and crumpled, her hair hanging down in wisps.

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

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    Judy Verona, WI, USA 01-31-08
    Judy Verona, WI, USA 01-31-08
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    "Charming British Fantasy"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 01-09-12
    Barbara Mesa, AZ, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining!!!!!"

    Have always loved reading Mary Norton books. Now I can listen and still do my spinning!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cricketstomper 01-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    Have always loved reading Mary Norton books. Now I can listen and still do my spinning!

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    Edmund Keng Wei Chia Singapore, Singapore Singapore 04-20-13
    Edmund Keng Wei Chia Singapore, Singapore Singapore 04-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The movie was better"
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    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.

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    Amazon Customer Canberra, Australia 01-05-13
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    "Maybe suitable for older girls"

    Starts of great but then becomes about the witch's love interest. My 6 yr old found it very boring.

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    Amber Ft Worth, TX, United States 02-17-08
    Amber Ft Worth, TX, United States 02-17-08
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    "Not the movie"

    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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    "Not at all the film but I still enjoyed it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a fun and magical adventure that I enjoyed listening to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bedknob and Broomstick?

    When they go into the past and meet a necromancer.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very different to the film;only the core ideas are the same, the film has a slightly better storyline, but having said that I did enjoy this story as it seemed new (although it came before the film). There are a few odd comments are not very PC now and I did notice them, but was common language for the time it was written.

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