Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (1957)

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a flying bed, this is the story for you!

Bedknob.jpgCarey, Charles and Paul are living away from home visiting their aunt for the summer in the English countryside.  One day while outside playing, they meet Miss Price who has twisted her ankle.  The kind children offer to help her home.  But  Paul, age six, has seen Miss Price flying on her broom at night and knows she’s a witch!  The children vow to keep her secret, but only in exchange for her enchanting a knob from one of their bedposts.

When the knob is reattached to the bed frame, suddenly the bed can fly and all kinds of adventures and mishaps ensue!  Bedknob and Broomstick is simple old-fashioned fun for a family to read together or for middle grade children who love imaginative stories to read alone!

Bedknob and Broomstick is actually the combination of two separate novels by Mary Norton originally called The Magic Bed-knob; Or How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (published in 1945) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (published in 1947).  If you’ve seen the 1971 Disney film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, starring Angela Lansbury, the book is quite different.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 240 pages, Imagination, Published in 1957.

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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