The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda Paperback
Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
"Once upon a time there was a huge family of children; and they were terribly, terribly naughty." So begins "Nurse Matilda", the first of three books about the no-nonsense nanny who uses magic to rein in the mischievous children in her charge - and changes their lives for ever.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 05/11/2007
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780747576792
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Review by jfoster_sf
"Once upon a time there was a huge family of children; and they were terribly, terribly naughty." The first book was great! The narration was perfectly funny and I just loved it. I think this book is best for reading aloud to young kids, they will love how naughty the children are and how Nurse Matilda makes magic happen, and try to keep track of how many kids there are-- "There were so many of them (children) that I shan't even tell you their names but leave you to sort them out as you go along, and add up how many there were." When the book ends, all the children are now well behaved and no longer need Nurse Matilda, so she leaves to help another group of naughty children. How can there be two other books if the kids are good now? It turns out that in the second book, the kids have all but forgotten Nurse Matilda and are all naughty again! And their parents have adopted a ton of children so there are even more! Nurse Matilda comes back and the whole thing starts over again (with many of the same phrases and very similar scenarios.) I think that young kids might not mind the similarities and repetitive situations (maybe 5 and 6 year olds?) but I think older kids would get bored. I ended up not finishing book 2 and didn't bother with book 3, but I still love book 1 which is what my rating is based on.