Monday, October 2, 2017
Reviews from the Children's Section - The Enchanted Castle
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit - Jerry, Jimmy, and Cathy stumble upon a mysterious castle with a beautiful princess asleep in the garden. The princess is really Mabel, the housekeeper's niece, who is only pretending to be royalty. But when she shows them a secret room filled with treasure where they discover a magical ring, enchantment becomes a reality.
E. Nesbit is an author I'd always known about but somehow never read any of her stories. One of the reasons I started to set aside this day for Middle Grade books is to make time for books like this one. I loved the magic of this story with the little girl dressed up in a princess dress pretending to be a princess and where the lines of magic and reality start to blur. The three children are good and well behaved but still pick on each other like regular siblings which added a delightful bit of realism.
However, despite all that I found this book a little slow going. Despite it's age I didn't find it particularly dated except for the pacing of the story. While the children are pretty much constantly landing in one adventure or another it wasn't a book that really drew me in. I felt like I was just hovering on the surface of the text throughout the entire read which was disappointing and frankly it took a number of days to finish because I didn't find myself able to read very much at one time without getting distracted.
While there is nothing here I would worry about my kids reading this isn't really a book I'd recommend for children either. As for me, I'll probably give Nesbit another try because her name does seem so synonymous with children's books but going in my expectations will be much lower. Rating: Just Okay