How did I get it?:
Downloaded free on my Kindle
The story follows Tom in his land-life as a climbing boy for a chimney-sweep and in his after-life as a water-baby, where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery. On to his fantasy Kingsley grafts a series of digressions and comic asides, through which he comments on a range of contemporary issues.
This is the second book in my sister and I’s kid-lit challenge. I remember watching the film of The Water Babies quite frequently in my childhood, but I could never remember reading the book. So when we decided to complete this challenge, The Water Babies was a given in our choices for the year.
The Water Babies is quite long considering it is a children’s book. I found the writing quite heavy and far too long winded for a piece of children’s literature. Whilst reading it I found myself preferring the film which doesn’t happen a lot for me. I’m usually all about the books!
The Water Babies is a fairy tale about a young chimney sweep, Tom, who drowns in a river and becomes a Water Baby. Tom goes on a spiritual journey to become a better person. It was such a sweet idea and could’ve really worked for me but I ended up being bored of the constant side-tracking and rambling that often happened. So if I, an adult, got bored of it then surely children would to?
So overall, I don’t think I would recommend this for a child. I think there are much more suitable books out there and although this book is considered a classic, it really fell short for me. Perhaps Bibiliobeth will feel differently to me? Check out her review HERE
Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do kid-lit challenge (March):
The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster