“ Author: Jacqueline Wilson / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 09 May 2013 / Genre: Children's General Fiction / Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd / Title: Four Children and It / ISBN 13: 9780141341446 / ISBN 10: 0141341446 / Alternative EAN: 9780141341422 „
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When I began reading this book I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. I have always loved Jacqueline Wilson's books and still haven't stopped reading them although I'm an adult. This one I thought looked a little too childish and very unlike her other books but I'm glad I gave it a chance as I really enjoyed the book.
Four Children and It is based on the classic book Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit. I have never read that book so I had no idea what to expect.
The story begins with two children, Rosalind and Robbie, moving in with their father and step mother for the summer holidays whist there mum is away. Their step mother also has two children, Maudie and Smash who do not get along very well with the other children.
One day the family go for a picnic where the father went as a child and they discovered a Psammead in a sandpit in the Oxshott Woods. Each day the Psammead will give them one wish but the children find that it will occasionally take the wish literally and not go as well as planned. The children manage to get the parents to visit the woods with them daily during the holidays with them completely unaware of the Psammead and its magical powers.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how the children began to bond over something they loved and gradually learnt they couldn't always have things there way.
I thought the wishes they made were typical wishes for children but were written well and made them interesting to read. Its hard to believe the parents were clueless though.
It was good how the book referenced towards the book 'five children and it' and how it was involved in a wish as it gave you a bit of an insight on the original book.
Although this is not one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books it is a very good one and worth a read. Children will love it.