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Four Children and It

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Four Children and It

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Four Children and It

Jacqueline Wilson

Puffin

ISBN 9780141341422

Hardback 12.99 [pounds sterling]

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I chose this book to review because I thought the title seemed familiar from my childhood and I was right. E Nesbit's story, Five Children and It was written in 1904 and was Jacqueline Wilson's favourite story by this author. This is her modern day tribute to the original story.

You don't need to have read the original story to understand this book but it might make you go back and read it afterwards. The original is about five children who have moved from London to the countryside in Kent and find a creature, the Psammead, who lives buried in a gravel pit. The Psammead is a grumpy, ugly and occasionally malevolent sand-fairy who can grant one wish a day, which expires at sunset.

Jacqueline Wilson has brought this story bang up to date in her inimitable fashion. The four children are a warring stepfamily: Rosalind (the first person writer in the story), her younger brother Robbie, the wicked stepsister, Smash, and the new baby of the family, Maudie. …

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