Book Review of The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

The Railway Children is another children’s classic written by Edith Nesbit. I have reviewed another book by her, Five Children and It. It’s a very sweet, innocent story, set in Victorian times. It is very moral, and the language might make it dull for some children. Paul read an adapted version, and thoroughly enjoyed it. (You can read his review at the end of this post). I like the unabridged version better, though, and I will be reading this out loud to my kids this winter.

Thorough Review of The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

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Book Review of The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Twits is another book by Roald Dahl, same offbeat humor and definitely not as much of a classic as some of his other works. Because Liam is such a fan of Dahl’s works, I have reviewed several of his books already: Liam’s favorite, The BFG, my favorite, Danny Champion of the World, and The Magic Finger.

This one was not as enjoyable to me as some of Dahl’s other books, but Liam still enjoyed it. I felt like more time was spent on the nastiness of the Twits than there needed to be, and when the Twits do receive their just rewards, it still felt nasty and not inspiring. The moral was fine, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.

Thorough Book Review of Roald Dahl's The Twits ~ What My Kids Read

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Book Review of Nurse Matilda (Nanny McPhee) by Christianna Brand

What do you do when your children are naughty and all your hired help has run off in despair? You hope and pray that Nurse Matilda shows up on your doorstep!

Wonder what your kids are reading? Check out What My Kids Read for thorough book reviews! Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand ~ What My Kids Read

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Book Review of Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket

Who Could That Be At This Hour? is the first book in a 4 book series called All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events (I reviewed the first book, The Bad Beginning here). What My Kids Read Book Review of "Who Could That Be At This Hour?" by Lemony Snicket. First book in "All the Wrong Questions" series.

It is written from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy who is learning to be a detective of some kind. You are not given all the details, and as the book progresses, you realize that you know less about the story than you thought you did. It is written in that gumshoe manner, where you only know what the main character observes and thinks.

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Book Review of Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren

Thorough book review of Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren ~ What My Kids Read Pippi goes on Board is the second book about Pippi Longstocking. Once again, she has unpredictable and outrageous adventures that her friends, Tommy and Annika, are shocked and thrilled to go along with. It is very similar to the first book, Pippi Longstocking, which I reviewed here. It would be a great read-aloud, since every chapter has funny stories that many ages would enjoy.

There was a movie based on this book, made in the 1960s. We have not seen it.

Parents should be aware that Pippi makes some bad choices that would be deadly for a normal child. She mixes medicine together and drinks it – saying they will find out if it is poisonous if she dies from it. Another time, she carries a pistol and shoots it into the air for fun several times. She also talks quite a bit about cannibals (her father is the king of some cannibals and returns to take her back to the island). Pippi and her father lie, or tell tall tales. They talk about practicing their lying, as if it was a skill that needed to be worked on.

Also, I read the version translated by Florence Lamborn. Other translations might have different language. I read one review of the book that mentioned Pippi’s father was the king of the negroes. In this translation, it is cannibals (which is disturbing to me to think those words are translated from the same word in these books!).

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