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The Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton

Created: Mon Mar 22 16:56:52 2010 | Last modified: Mon Mar 22 16:56:52 2010

Rating: ******----

The Adventures of the Wishing Chair

This is the perfect children's fantasy fiction written by Enid Blyton. So many modern authors can learn from her light-hearted, fun, yet entertaining stories which are perfect bedtime reading material for pre-teens. Enid Blyton's world is a far simpler, far more innocent and far more magical place than any Harry Potteresque world conjured up by the modern fantasy writer.

Peter and Mollie find a wishing chair in an antique shop and they fly off in it for different adventures. This book, the first in the series, is also the most creative one. Along with their pixie friend, Chinky, whom they rescue from a giant, the two children fly off to fantastic adventures in fairy lands. Most of the stories and characters have some underlying theme. For example, the Windy Wizard is a wizard who can find any type of wind which has blown at any time. Witch Snippit specializes in visible and invisible magic. And of course, there are the bad guys like the Ho-Ho Wizard and the Cloud Goblin, who lives alone on a castle in the clouds. There are also really nice Magicians who throw parties and entertain guests.

There is no element of real danger or violence in these stories and that's what makes Enid Blyton so eminently readable. These stories are cheerful, light and transport you to a different world with simple, innocent language. Another aspect is Blyton's description of tasty food and goodies in these stories. Truly mouth-watering.

For adults, these stories are truly nostalgic in the way they remind one of the fun and happiness of childhood.