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Nurse Matilda | [Christianna Brand]

Nurse Matilda

The most unimaginable and relentless bouts of mischief abound as the Brown children turn their minds to breaking all the rules. But when the no-nonsense nanny Nurse Matilda arrives, with her very special kind of magic, things start to happen beyond everyone's widest expectations.
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Publisher's Summary

The most unimaginable and relentless bouts of mischief abound as the Brown children turn their minds to breaking all the rules. But when the no-nonsense nanny Nurse Matilda arrives, with her very special kind of magic, things start to happen beyond everyone's widest expectations.

©2006 Christianna Brand; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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    nevina CT, United States 07-21-07
    nevina CT, United States 07-21-07 Member Since 2006

    nevina

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    "Fun and engaging."

    This is the book that inspired the movie "Nanny McPhee", It is read very well by the narrator and is a fun story that will keep the kids well entertained for a few hrs. in the car. The grown ups will also enjoy it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 03-16-12
    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 03-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great beginning chapter book"

    I enjoyed the Nurse Matilda books when I was a kid, but I was a little wary of the audio version, as Ardizzone's illustrations were a big part of the appeal. I was glad to find that the audio version was a big hit.

    My daughter (4) has been listening to "chapter" books, but they have tended to be more like serial stories (e.g. Pippi Longstocking, Winnie the Pooh) where individual chapters are self-contained. Nurse Mathilda is a good middle ground between these and true chapter books. There is an overarching story wherein the children are gradually taught to improve their habits and Nurse Mathilda gradually transforms herself, but the chapters themselves are episodic. Each chapter is a mini-story within the arc of the overall story.

    The story itself is funny and the narrator does a good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 09-09-10
    Tamara 09-09-10
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    "Fantastic!"

    I love the fact that a classic story such as this one has been given a new 'airing' because of a movie release. I had never heard of the story or the author before I knew about the movie but since researching and finding the Nurse Matilda stories and introducing them to my children (7 and 5 years), we have not looked back and have been enjoying listening to this wonderful piece of children's literature ever since.

    It is a classic that should be up there with Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. A must read (or listen) for children from at least the age of 7. We have it playing in the car and I have repeated requests to play it again - my kids love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LunaraMangaFreak Illinois 10-30-12
    LunaraMangaFreak Illinois 10-30-12

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    What made the experience of listening to Nurse Matilda the most enjoyable?

    I found this old timey children's story entertaining both for adults and for the children I babysit. It was also somewhat educational with an air of fantasy, magic, and moral lessons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The baby. The baby added extra humor, was very smart, and was very endearing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the whole book so much, that after thinking about it for several minutes I was unable to chose a favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. In fact, I did so the first night I listened to it. On nights when I have a hard time sleeping, I lie down with my headphones on and enjoy the story until I drift off.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader did a wonderful job of inserting emotion into the story and changing her voice to suit different characters. It reminded me of when I was a little girl being read a bedtime story by my mother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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