Nurse Matilda by Christianna BrandIts interesting to read YA books written a long ago--you can see how styles have changed over time.
Nurse Matilda, is an old fashioned story about a family coping with naughty children. Brand never tells you how many children they are and she changes their names frequently. Not one child is developed as a character but neither is anyone else. The parents are colorless and unremarkable except for their utter cluelessness. The servants are many and equally undistinguished. Aunt Adeliade has some spark to her as the antagonist, but she barely has a cameo. Theres no exploration of Nurse Matildas back story or mythology.
I found this interesting for its place in history. Id recommend it for that reason, but the story will bore modern readers.
Nurse Matilda: The Collected Tales
The Browns are a family with very many, very naughty children. Nurse Matilda comes when they've scared away every other available Nanny, and with her magic stick in hand she teaches them seven lessons about how to behave properly. She uses magic to make them be as naughty as possible, to make them learn it's better to be good. I found the book to be enjoyable, light-hearted and funny. It's written for children, so. It's written for children, so it's pretty simple, but it's fun and entertaining. It's a quick read that doesn't require too much thought, which made it perfect to simply cheer me up and make me laugh.
Brown were forever having trouble with their numerous and incredibly naughty children. Now the inspiration for the major motion picture Nanny McPhee, all three beloved books are available once again in deluxe hardcover and paperback omnibus editions.
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The Collected Tales
Published between and , these stories are hilarious reminiscences of childhood in the Victorian age. They are illustrated by award-winning artist Edward Ardizzone, who, as a cousin of Ms. Brand, spent time with the author and her family when they were children. I approached this trilogy with some caution. I was worried that they would be too sugary and all the same, like the Mary Poppins books which I stopped reading after about the third one. But actually, these are belly-laugh-a-minute tales of mischief with only a little, a very little, moralizing magic thrown in. And though each book begins and ends in a similar way, the middle parts are surprisingly inventive…and very, very naughty.