Five Children and It
by E. Nesbit, Edith Nesbit
5 out of 5 stars
Five siblings find a Psammead, a sand fairy, who agrees to grant them one wish every day. They wish for money, beauty, wings, and all manner of foolish things, and every wish somehow goes terribly wrong as the consequences catch up with them.
I always love this book every time I reread it! It’s so whimsical and charming. I just love the setting and the time period in the early 1900s.
The siblings are silly and cross and affectionate. They tease each other and fight and take care of each other. In other words, they are just like regular siblings.
The magic is beautiful and imaginative and weird! It’s so funny and interesting to read about all the trouble they get into and how they manage to get themselves out of it and find their way home again at the end of the day.
I also love the sequel, The Phoenix and the Carpet. Edith Nesbit just has such a delightful writing style that never gets old!