The Brown children are terribly naughty and all the nannies and governesses in the directory are driven to distraction and leave, much to Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were forever having trouble with their numerous and incredibly naughty children until the day Nurse Matilda entered. The collected tales Nurse Matilda. byChristianna Brand. Publication date Topics Governesses -- Fiction, Behavior -- Fiction, Humorous.
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The Nurse Matilda books were written by the British children's author Christianna Brand (–) and illustrated by her cousin, Edward Ardizzone. The collected tales of Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand. The collected tales of Nurse eBook: Document: Fiction: Primary school. English. 1st U.S. ed. Nurse Matilda Collected in this omnibus volume are three original Nurse Matilda tales--the inspiration for "Nanny McPhee," starring Emma Thompson (who.
I thought it was the cutest thing, and it was so magical. Emma Thompson and Colin Firth were spectacular, and I can watch this movie over and over again. Psst, I am a child at heart. I don't know how I found out about this book, but when I did I knew I had to find the story.
I really wanted a hardcover edition of this series to read to my darling child, but it looks like they are really hard to find and expensive. So, I settled with the audio version, because I am cheap. There are a few expected differences between the movie and the book, but I feel like both of them have their own identities that doesn't spoil the other.
The book just doesn't have that huge consequence of events that was showed in the movie.
I found this children's book enjoyable, unique, funny, and magical. Nurse Matilda is an ugly witch with a magic cane. Her ugliness represents the ugly characteristics that the children acquired in their short lifespan. The children loved to play pranks on all sorts of people, and magically Nurse Matilda gave the children exactly what they wanted to teach them their seven lessons. Having too much of a good thing can be bad. I did laugh at the pranks and how Nurse Matilda resolved all their misgivings.
I laughed the most when the livestock were dressed in the children's best clothes. Phyllida Law did a wonderful job narrating Nurse Matilda. Nurse Matilda has a magic stick sh I love the movie that is based off of this series, but I'd heard from several sources that the books weren't as good. Nurse Matilda has a magic stick she employs to discipline the children and is very ugly.
The others that populate the book are simply generic, boring people. We have the Naughty Children who spend every waking moment creating chaos and the Stupid and Usually Unpleasant Adults who are too brainless to even recognize the source of the disruption. That is basically all there is to it. In addition to the lack of interesting characters the stories are also lacking any plot.
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The Children are Naughty, Nurse Matilda comes and uses her magic to force them to continue their misdeeds against their wills until they repent, and after several chapters repeating this pattern the children have become good and the story is over. The entertainment value is entirely in the outrageous pranks of the children, so when they have become good there is nothing left for the author to write. Vague characters and no plot are a poor foundation to try and build a book on and this one obviously fails to be a story of any interest.
I certainly wouldn't read it to children, if not only because it's not a good story, but also because it promotes the obnoxious idea that all adults are fools who are entirely susceptible to the wiles of children. Not wholesome material.
If you want a good nanny story, stick to classics like Mary Poppins. Overall, this is not a three star book. The main reason I gave it that many was because I had to give it a higher rating than its two sequels, and the sequels, bad books though they are, did not enrage me enough to have earned One Star. Let's just call this one a 2.
I had to add the three books separately since Goodreads does not have the edition containing all of them that I read. Aug 26, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 02, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: I will be gone. We aren't criers during our read alouds often, but I had one in serious tears by the end with this one. Jul 22, Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it. The book is a bind-up of 3 books: The children in the books are horribly, horribly bad and the parents believe their children are darlings.
I think the first book Nurse Matilda is the strongest. Dec 18, Nevada Libert rated it did not like it. Jan 09, Linden rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm sure I read this because of the Ardizzone illustrationsseems I also bought this book many years later because of those illustrations with no memory of having read this in ! Dec 01, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: After having read Mary Poppins and being so thoroughly disappointed in the literary source material I remembered that I actually had this book sitting on a shelf still unread and thought well, I might as well make it a run on old fashioned nanny stories right?
And I'm so glad I did. Nurse Matilda is everything that Mary Poppins isn't. But where Mary seems to have no value or purpose in coming and definitely has no narrative arch Mathilda's purpose and arch are made clear from the outset. Mathilda has come because the Brown children are really the most naughty children ever and she'll leave in that moment when the Brown children no longer need her, but want do her.
Mathilda is strict and unwavering with the children and is a committed disciplinarian, she's also magical and the children have magical experiences because of her but she's clearly there for a purpose: And even more than that, it's obvious even from the first time she taps her magical cane, that she cares for the children something Mary was never able to make me believe.
She is all in all lovely and likeable and is frankly, the perfect response to everything that's wrong with Mary Poppins as a literary character. May 14, Awdur rated it it was amazing.
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Delightful children's book. I watched Nanny McPhee years ago but had never had the pleasure of reading the book or even knew there was one, until recently. I noticed some of the reviewers critiquing it because YA novels have better character development and the children can't be kept track of.
Dear readers, that is The Point. The vagueness is part of the humour. This book is a very British, very funny, and yes, completely unrealistic children's story.
It's been compared Delightful children's book.
It's been compared to Mary Poppins, but also reminds me of Mrs. Each little episode describes a handful of children making mischief there seem to be new names every time! I can't wait to share this with my children. Oct 02, Breanna rated it it was ok. I wanted to love this book, but my daughter seemed to really like it as I read it aloud to her.
There was something about the long sentence structures, oddly-placed commas, tongue-twisting words, and overall organization of the plot that made it very difficult to stay engaged with the story.
I would not recommend it as a read aloud book to children my daughter is in second grade, for reference , and it's not something I would read for my own personal enjoyment. Jun 06, Amy rated it liked it. Read this out loud to my 11 year old, as one of a series of books that inspired the Nanny McPhee movies, which we love. We enjoyed parts of it and I still love the idea of the nanny getting more beautiful and pleasant as the kids get more obedient and kind, it's such a cute story line, but I think this is a case where the movie may actually be better than the book.
Jan 13, Malia rated it really liked it. This story is a delight in itself, but also demonstrates Emma Thompson's brilliance at adaptation. It's not quite like the film, but the film does capture Nurse Matilda's spirit as portrayed in the book.
Jul 31, AnnieM rated it really liked it. Other than some minor tweaks, it is pretty much Nanny McPhee. I quite enjoyed it. It would be worth a second listen later. Mar 18, Cilla Savary rated it liked it Shelves: The movie improved this story.
Cute story but not quite there. This is one of the rare - movie was better than the book. Jun 23, Hailey rated it liked it.
Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: A fun, simple tale. Nov 16, Dsqueri9 rated it liked it. Very cute, but incredibly, the movies were better. O carte minunata. Mar 05, Kent Steven rated it it was amazing. Oct 03, Laura Hamilton rated it liked it.
Some parts of this book are hilarious My kids and I really enjoyed those aspects. What I didn't love was not getting any backstory Where did the nanny come from? Where did she get these incredible powers? She just disappears at the end, too, no real explanation. Not satisfying. The first book is the best, the next two are derivative and a bit repetitive.
Worth reading though! Sep 03, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves: A couple of months ago, I was watching Nanny McPhee,. I realised that while I knew the film was based on the Nurse Matilda stories of Christianna Brand I had never read them.
I finally found a second hand copy of the collected tales, illustrated by her cousin Edward Ardizzone, and I read them with enormous enjoyment. Of course, the film changes many of the details of the stories; Mr Brown is not a slightly hopeless, hardworking undertaker; instead there is an incredibly fecund Mr and Mrs Brown w A couple of months ago, I was watching Nanny McPhee,.
Of course, the film changes many of the details of the stories; Mr Brown is not a slightly hopeless, hardworking undertaker; instead there is an incredibly fecund Mr and Mrs Brown with an indeterminate number of incredibly naughty children. The Browns live in a large country house with a butler, cook and tweeny Evangeline , and one of the most memorable pieces of naughtiness they get up to involves them going through the green baize door into the servants' domain, culminating in an almighty food fight in a pond, with Cook's wig as a major casualty.
I particularly enjoyed the repetition of listing the naughtiness, and I can imagine children wriggling in vicarious delight.
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Some will be familiar to people who have watched the film decapitating dolls, feigning measles, dressing animals in best clothes , although the outcome is quite different. The enigmatic Nurse Matilda, who arrives when children need but don't want her, but must go when they want but don't need her, is much the same, and it would be interesting to discuss with children whether she really does get less ugly as the children behave better, or do they grow to love her and therefore no longer see her blemishes?
Nov 04, Emily rated it it was amazing. Nurse Matilda. It is not in any way called Nanny McPhee, but it is quite good. Basically, the Brown children are very naughty so Mrs.
Brown hires Nurse Matilda to sort them out. When she arrives, they are being simply horrid, and Nurse Matilda thumps her stick and they all have to keep doing whatever naughtiness they're doing until it becomes simply awful and they're immune to doing it again. For example, they eat too much porridge and jam and buns and bad-for-you things at breakfast, and Nurse Nurse Matilda.
For example, they eat too much porridge and jam and buns and bad-for-you things at breakfast, and Nurse Matilda thumps her stick and the children keep eating and eating until their insides are filled with porridge and they all have stomachaches.
There's an impossible number of children, big ones, little ones, and the Baby. Nanny McPhee does become prettier as the book progresses, but doesn't marry a widowed Colin Firth, which Missie says is a thing in the movie. I tried reading the next book in the series because the book Missie handed me was three Nurse Matilda books in one volume, but you can't read the same book twice in a row, deserving though it may be. Aug 29, Shahrina rated it liked it. Nurse Matilda is about a family of many, many children that are mischievous and get up to no good.
Now, as this has happened so many times none of the agencies who supply these nurses, governesses and maids, can find people who are willing to help take care of these children. After Mr and Mrs Brown are recommended to find and emp Nurse Matilda is about a family of many, many children that are mischievous and get up to no good. After Mr and Mrs Brown are recommended to find and employ Nurse Matilda, they begin looking for her and just when they start to give up hope, she herself turns up at their home.
Nurse Matilda then tells Mr and Mrs Brown that she will transform their children in 7 lessons. During these lessons the children learn manners and how to get out of the bad habits that they have. In conclusion, the story is quite amusing with all of the misadventures the children have, there are definitely some situations young readers can relate to.
Nov 24, Joy rated it really liked it. This children's series three books is something I had ordered several years ago, never having heard of it, and I've just read this first book in the series. Nurse Matilda gets called in to help a family when the children are 'out of control. They have many, many children they don't say, but I listed them and got They have a kind mother who never disciplines them and a staff that is constantly changing.
When the children are particularly ba This children's series three books is something I had ordered several years ago, never having heard of it, and I've just read this first book in the series.
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When the children are particularly bad, Nurse Matilda taps her cane and the punishment exactly meets 'the crime. All becomes calm for a time and ugly Nurse Matilda suddenly seems beautiful to the children. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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I'd recommend it for that reason, but the story will bore modern readers. More Details Each little episode describes a handful of children making mischief there seem to be new names every time!
A governess uses magic to reign in the seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge. The late, bri. The Browns live in a large country house with a butler, cook and tweeny Evangeline , and one of the most memorable pieces of naughtiness they get up to involves them going through the green baize door into the servants' domain, culminating in an almighty food fight in a pond, with Cook's wig as a major casualty. Psst, I am a child at heart.
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