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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

My Childhood Between Two Covers

I do not know if I had ever feared something fictional before I met an Ugly Wuggly. I highly doubt that I had ever narrated my own doings before I was introduced to Jerry. I know for certain that I never called anyone a "dear" before meeting Kathleen. I know without a s...
I do not know if I had ever feared something fictional before I met an Ugly Wuggly. I highly doubt that I had ever narrated my own doings before I was introduced to Jerry. I know for certain that I never called anyone a "dear" before meeting Kathleen. I know without a shadow of a doubt that all of these things and more became part of my life at age 8, between the covers of a paperback copy of Edith Nesbit's "The Enchanted Castle." The book fueled the fire of my childhood imagination, introducing my young mind to a very ordinary world where extraordinary things still happened.
"The Enchanted Castle" is the tale of 3 children and their summer escapades while their parents are abroad. Seeking a bit of adventure, they find a great deal more than they bargained for, including a magical ring that does whatever you say it will do. Through their adventures with the ring, the children discover that what you want isn't always what is best for you. They learn that families must love each other and stick together, come what may. In fact, the bond between the siblings in spite of their clear irritation of one another is quite touching. Perhaps most beautifully of all, the children find that perhaps the most magical things in the world take place without spells or rings, when grown ups remember how to believe in things.
While one flowing storyline, several main events in the novel are clearly carved in my mind, popping up the moment someone mentions invisibility, statues, garden mazes, magic rings, or perhaps the odd Ugly Wuggly. Nesbit's writing style is both charming and memorable. Upon examining my own writing and imagination, I can directly trace many of my own habits back to this book.
Read this book for yourself. To your children. To a friend. Enjoy it, regardless of your age. But only crack the cover (or the screen, as the case may be), if you have an ember of childlike imagination left in you. Fan the flame, that the spark of young magic may never quite die.

posted by Elizabeths_pen on April 9, 2010

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i usually love reading! but when i read this book, i was like: gosh! when's it gonna end! but i'm the kind of person that cannot leave a book unread, so i had to finish it. Edith just stretched the story too far. i mean, main story is: four kids find a magical ring, the...
i usually love reading! but when i read this book, i was like: gosh! when's it gonna end! but i'm the kind of person that cannot leave a book unread, so i had to finish it. Edith just stretched the story too far. i mean, main story is: four kids find a magical ring, they get in trouble, they get out of trouble, the end. but this was: four kids find a magical ring, they get in trouble, they get out of trouble,they get in trouble, they get out of trouble,they get in trouble, they get out of trouble, etc, the end. it was just annoying. also, it had a lot of stuff mixed in it, and it wasnt written very well. it didnt have the essential 'flow' a book needs. it had fantasy, adventure, friendsip, and a teensy weensy of romance (the prince or watever with the princess...?) if you want to read a good book that has all these things (including the 'flow'), read the Narnia series or the Harry Potter series. theyre very well-written. C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling are amazingly good authors, not some amateur like edith-whats-her-face. im not descriminating her, im just saying her book is not good. there are tons of better books out there, so dont waste your time on this one. ------------- PS: i know, im thirteen, so it may seem as if thats the reason why i disliked the book, but i read this book 2 and a half years ago, back when i was ten. i hated it right from the beginning. it just never got interesting... ---------------------- for some books i enjoyed, look beow in the also recommended section of my review. ----------------------------------------------- Toodles!

posted by Anonymous on May 7, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

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    i usually love reading! but when i read this book, i was like: gosh! when's it gonna end! but i'm the kind of person that cannot leave a book unread, so i had to finish it. Edith just stretched the story too far. i mean, main story is: four kids find a magical ring, they get in trouble, they get out of trouble, the end. but this was: four kids find a magical ring, they get in trouble, they get out of trouble,they get in trouble, they get out of trouble,they get in trouble, they get out of trouble, etc, the end. it was just annoying. also, it had a lot of stuff mixed in it, and it wasnt written very well. it didnt have the essential 'flow' a book needs. it had fantasy, adventure, friendsip, and a teensy weensy of romance (the prince or watever with the princess...?) if you want to read a good book that has all these things (including the 'flow'), read the Narnia series or the Harry Potter series. theyre very well-written. C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling are amazingly good authors, not some amateur like edith-whats-her-face. im not descriminating her, im just saying her book is not good. there are tons of better books out there, so dont waste your time on this one. ------------- PS: i know, im thirteen, so it may seem as if thats the reason why i disliked the book, but i read this book 2 and a half years ago, back when i was ten. i hated it right from the beginning. it just never got interesting... ---------------------- for some books i enjoyed, look beow in the also recommended section of my review. ----------------------------------------------- Toodles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

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    Ive only read part of this book and I cant get though it !!! It is abso lutly terrible. Hard to understand and doesnt give much detail. At some parts it gave too much detail. I really didnt understand it. Im one of those people who if i start a book i finish it. That was not the case with this book and you could give me a book and i WILL read it. It was hard for me to het through just a few chapters of it and im a really good reader! Dont waste your time and money on this book even if it does cost 99 cents!!!!! WARNING do not buy this book! I am not meaning to critisiz the auther but tjat is my opinion!

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