Five Children and It

By E. Nesbit

Illustrated by Ella Okstad

Age range: 9–11

ISBN: 9781847496362

208 pages

RRP: £6.99 £5.59

When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother start exploring a gravel pit not far from their new countryside home, they make an unexpected and very curious discovery. The gravel pit is home to a Psammead, a sand fairy. This ugly creature has eyes like a snail, ears like a bat and the body of a spider, and is very grumpy indeed. He grants the children one wish every day, and though they are excited to have all their desires fulfilled, they soon realize that having one’s wishes come true can have unexpected consequences…

E. Nesbit’s much loved children’s tale has enchanted generations of readers, and has been adapted for the screen numerous times – most notably by the BBC in a hugely popular 1990s series. It remains one of the most cherished children’s classics ever written, and an indispensable part of every young reader’s library.

Beautifully illustrated by Ella Okstad, this edition contains extra material for young readers including a section on ‘Other Famous Stories Involving Wishes’, a test yourself quiz and a glossary

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  • I love E. Nesbit – I think she is great and I identify with the way that she writes. Her children are very real children and she was quite a groundbreaker in her day.

    J.K. Rowling

E. Nesbit

English author and poet Edith Nesbit (1858–1924) is best remembered as E. Nesbit, the name she used for all of her children’s books and stories. She achieved fame for Five Children and It, The House of Arden and The Railway Children, which has become one of the most loved classics of English literature.