How did I get it?: Downloaded free for my Kindle.
When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet.
However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else. They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father’s disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.
I can’t emphasise how much I loved this book and film adaptation when I was younger. It was a pleasure to re-read. It’s just such a charming, old school book. What I mean by that, is that it’s an old-fashioned book compared to children’s books today.
Way before Roald Dahl and J.K.Rowling (who I of course, love!) there was a brilliant children’s literature writer, E.Nesbit. She was most famous for writing this book. Her books were written a century ago, but I still think hold relevance today. They feature such universal themes. Her characters are easily likeable and I think easy for children to identify with. The story is told in such a simple, but not patronising way. It’s full of action and adventures. It was as enjoyable to read it as an adult as it was to read it as a child. This is a book that I shall definitely revisit in the future.
I was pleased to recall that the film adaptation stays quite faithful to the book. That’s always a pleasure as a book lover!
To read Beth’s review, visit her blog HERE
Would I recommend it? Without a doubt
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