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The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum, is a funny, moving and heartwarming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic E Nesbit novel, Five Children and It, this new story from this mega-selling author, winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, is a brilli The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum, is a funny, moving and heartwarming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic E Nesbit novel, Five Children and It, this new story from this mega-selling author, winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, is a brilliant read not just for those familiar with the original book but for any of Wilson's millions of fans.


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The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum, is a funny, moving and heartwarming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic E Nesbit novel, Five Children and It, this new story from this mega-selling author, winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, is a brilli The new bestseller from Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum, is a funny, moving and heartwarming story of four children who discover a way to make wishes come true. Echoing the classic E Nesbit novel, Five Children and It, this new story from this mega-selling author, winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, is a brilliant read not just for those familiar with the original book but for any of Wilson's millions of fans.

30 review for Four Children and It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I feel the cosy buzz of nostalgia covering me like a warm blanket right now. This book was a delight, I loved rereading this and rediscovering memories in the pages the first time I read this. I haven’t read this book neither any of Jacqueline Wilson’s other books since i was a child and I’m so happy I made the decision to reread this one and Four Children and It is one of my favourites from this wonderful and beloved childhood author of mine. I did get a bit emotional throughout this reading exper I feel the cosy buzz of nostalgia covering me like a warm blanket right now. This book was a delight, I loved rereading this and rediscovering memories in the pages the first time I read this. I haven’t read this book neither any of Jacqueline Wilson’s other books since i was a child and I’m so happy I made the decision to reread this one and Four Children and It is one of my favourites from this wonderful and beloved childhood author of mine. I did get a bit emotional throughout this reading experience and I am still because it is over but I know I will treasure this story just for what it meant to me all those years ago. *sigh* I’m just gonna sit here with a grin on my face and think of this book a little while more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monica Edinger

    This just came out in the UK, but I couldn't find any indication if it is to be published in the US so I picked it up while in London and quickly read it while there figuring I'd leave it behind with someone if it wasn't that great. And I admit I was skeptical because Wilson isn't a fantasy writer plus in a recent interview she said she liked the Bastable stories. Now I think there are two kinds of Nesbit fans --- those who love the realistic Bastable tales and those who love the fantasy ones wi This just came out in the UK, but I couldn't find any indication if it is to be published in the US so I picked it up while in London and quickly read it while there figuring I'd leave it behind with someone if it wasn't that great. And I admit I was skeptical because Wilson isn't a fantasy writer plus in a recent interview she said she liked the Bastable stories. Now I think there are two kinds of Nesbit fans --- those who love the realistic Bastable tales and those who love the fantasy ones with the Psammead, the Phoenix, the Amulet, and so forth. I'm definitely one of the latter. And not only do I adore Nesbit's fantasy stories (and they've held up for me upon rereading as an adult), but I'm very skittish about people doing sequels of beloved books decades later. So, yeah, I had quite a chip on my shoulder going into this one. But I have to say Wilson did a pretty decent job and I ended up quite liking this. The story is told by Rosalind who is a bookworm and whose favorite book is Five Children and It. She and her little brother are staying with their father and his newish wife, her daughter from her previous marriage, and the toddler they had together. Got that? So basically there are tensions between Rosalind and her stepsister, between the children and parents, etc etc. The sort of thing Wilson does so well in many of her books and does so here too. They all head off for a picnic in the woods where there is a sandpit and in very short order the children encounter the Psammead -- the very same one, in fact, from Five Children and It. They begin with various wishes that quite fit their personalities and things go well and not so well just as in the original book. I think Wilson did a very good job coming up with wishes that are contemporary, but in the same vein as those in the original, say becoming rich and famous, meeting up with the original Five Children, and others. She captured the charm of the little half sister in the way that Nesbit did the Lamb. And she did a fantastic job with food --- I loved that she got that the Nesbit kids are always appreciating food. Wilson updated that beautifully. My main quibble is with the contrivance Wilson came up with to get the kids back to the Psammead day after day. This happens with the kids talking the adults into picnic after picnic after picnic (all with incredibly yummy food) day after day after day. I just had trouble buying into the adults being so agreeable. Otherwise it is quite fun and I do think kids who read this and like it may well want to seek out the original. So I liked it enough to have packed it up to take back to the US with me. And it is a big ol' hardback too!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo Bennie

    Rosalind has been sent to live with her dad and stepmother for the summer while her mother goes to sumer school and is not best pleased. Rosalind is a bookish girl, her brother Robbie is similar, lost in a world of playing with his toy animals. But at their dad's house they have to cope with their new stepsister Samantha, always appropriately known as Smash, and life with a dad who always seems to be disappointed in them. However, there is compensation in the form of Maudy, their new half sister Rosalind has been sent to live with her dad and stepmother for the summer while her mother goes to sumer school and is not best pleased. Rosalind is a bookish girl, her brother Robbie is similar, lost in a world of playing with his toy animals. But at their dad's house they have to cope with their new stepsister Samantha, always appropriately known as Smash, and life with a dad who always seems to be disappointed in them. However, there is compensation in the form of Maudy, their new half sister, an adorable toddler. On a day out having a picnic in the local woods they find a strange creature in the sand and Rosalind recognises it, it's the sand fairy or passamead from one of her books, a creature that can grant wishes. In a wonderful tribute to E Nesbit's Five Children and It Wilson shows just what can happen when your wishes do come true, and continues the tradition of the children learning a series of hard and entertaining lessons when things go wrong. Wilson brings Nesbit's classic right up to date, rather than five children from one family we have a fractured family with all the conflicting loyalties and difficult feelings that Wilson writes so deftly about. But there is the same feeling of 'what if' that still enchants. Wilson reading her own book brings an extra wonderful touch, she is as entertaining a reader as a writer and her love for her character and story is so evident.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    They put the movie synopsis (which is very different from the book) on the back of the book. That's kinda dumb.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Very cute ❤️ now I want to read five children and it

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This is a fan fiction sequel to E. Nesbit's wonderful book, Five Children and It, the It being a Psammead (a Sand Fairy) the original five children find in the warm sand of a gravel pit. The Psammead is rather grouchy, but he agrees to give them a wish a day, each of which somehow goes awry. This new version involves four rather obnoxious children (and their rather obnoxious parents) in a blended family, more than a century later. These new children also dig up the Psammead, and one, having read This is a fan fiction sequel to E. Nesbit's wonderful book, Five Children and It, the It being a Psammead (a Sand Fairy) the original five children find in the warm sand of a gravel pit. The Psammead is rather grouchy, but he agrees to give them a wish a day, each of which somehow goes awry. This new version involves four rather obnoxious children (and their rather obnoxious parents) in a blended family, more than a century later. These new children also dig up the Psammead, and one, having read the original book, tries to guide them all in their wishes...but again things don't always turn out the way they expect. Thus, forced to rely on each other to get out of jams, they do come to appreciate, perhaps even like, one another.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Wright

    Four Children and It is about four children who go on a trip to the woods where they find a psammead (like a magic alien!) who gives them wishes of whatever they want, but they soon find that you don’t need everything all you need is your family. Jacqueline Wilson’s inspiration is E.Nesbit’s Five Children and It. I tried to read this book as well, but the words were quite hard and I’m going to wait until I’m 8 to read it. The main characters are Rosalind, Robbie, Smash and Maudie and they are th Four Children and It is about four children who go on a trip to the woods where they find a psammead (like a magic alien!) who gives them wishes of whatever they want, but they soon find that you don’t need everything all you need is your family. Jacqueline Wilson’s inspiration is E.Nesbit’s Five Children and It. I tried to read this book as well, but the words were quite hard and I’m going to wait until I’m 8 to read it. The main characters are Rosalind, Robbie, Smash and Maudie and they are the four children in the title. Smash and Maudie are sisters, but are step sisters to Robbie and Rosalind whose Dad has married their mum. I loved this book so much when I got it I couldn’t put it down and had read it in 3 days. I liked it because the stepsister Smash is a lot like me she loves playing outside climbing trees and I she was very adventurous and fun. she’s also quite dramatic and my Mum says so am I. I loved to read about their wishes and what would happen. I liked the way it was modern and easy to read. Before this I had read 2 or 3 other Jacqueline Wilson books, but this was the longest (310 pages) and now I love Jacqueline Wilson and want to read lots more of her books. Review By Romilly (aged 7) also on http://RomillysReviews.wordpress.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    I couldn't finish this book even though I loved the original. I really didn't like the characters or the things they wished for. However, girls in my Y5 class who like Jacqueline Wilson have been quick to snatch it out of the class library and tell me that they are really enjoying it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    It is a really good book. Makes your wishes come true!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sans

    Jacquilene Wilson is my absolute favourite author. I flew through her books, loved them. Her books are my childhood. The four children and it transports you to a world where you don't see the characters, but live as them. Whenever the kid's wishes are granted, you are almost always crossing your fingers that everything goes right. And somehow a part of the character's personality will stay with you, it may even become your own. I could relate so much with Smash's behavior. How she is so tough and Jacquilene Wilson is my absolute favourite author. I flew through her books, loved them. Her books are my childhood. The four children and it transports you to a world where you don't see the characters, but live as them. Whenever the kid's wishes are granted, you are almost always crossing your fingers that everything goes right. And somehow a part of the character's personality will stay with you, it may even become your own. I could relate so much with Smash's behavior. How she is so tough and her reasons for being who she is and part of you is like,"Yay! She did the right thing." As for Rosalind, you can NOT not like her. Someone is required to keep things in order. You see her vulnerable, protective towards her brother, affectionate towards Maudie and at times forgiving towards Smash. Maudie is adorable and Robbie... well he just wants to show his dad that he is brave and just the son he wanted. Like every other Jacquilene Wilson books, things end well because after your even wishes going wrong you will still have the love of your family no matter what. More than fame, money, strength to climb trees or the opportunity to meet your favourite character or to live in a world of rhymes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Egbert

    I love Nesbit's Bastable stories and so I was a bit concerned about how I would feel about the Psammead making an appearance in a modern day tale. I enjoyed this one immensely and appreciated that the Bastable children even joined in the fun themselves. I felt angst for the Bastable children due to some of their parents' decisions and I felt similar angst for the modern day, split-family children in this novel. But that is what makes the Psammead so particularly special. He knows what these wish I love Nesbit's Bastable stories and so I was a bit concerned about how I would feel about the Psammead making an appearance in a modern day tale. I enjoyed this one immensely and appreciated that the Bastable children even joined in the fun themselves. I felt angst for the Bastable children due to some of their parents' decisions and I felt similar angst for the modern day, split-family children in this novel. But that is what makes the Psammead so particularly special. He knows what these wishes truly need to accomplish. I would not allow anyone to read this that has not read The Five Children and It first, but if you have, this is a worthy modern day follow up. The most fun quote: "Oh yes, wait till you see our television - you'll absolutely love Doctor Who, especially the stone angels. They are seriously creepy."

  12. 5 out of 5

    DenXXX

    Reading through Jacqueline Wilson books I have missed & this was one of them. It pays tribute to Nesbit's book, which I've not read either - it's on my list but never made it to the top! The children in this blended family are not happy and bicker amongst themselves when they are forced to spend several weeks of the summer holiday's together .... but the discovery of a creature in the sandpit in the woods,which has the power to grant wishes,changes this for the better. And on the journey to this Reading through Jacqueline Wilson books I have missed & this was one of them. It pays tribute to Nesbit's book, which I've not read either - it's on my list but never made it to the top! The children in this blended family are not happy and bicker amongst themselves when they are forced to spend several weeks of the summer holiday's together .... but the discovery of a creature in the sandpit in the woods,which has the power to grant wishes,changes this for the better. And on the journey to this happiness they go on numerous adventures, including one to the past to meet the original children!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A lovely book. All of my kids (9, 6 and 4) found it funny and could follow the story quite well. I adored 'Five Children and It' on which this book is based and so it was a nice trip down memory lane for me too, especially when the children wish themselves back into the original book! The Psammead is still endearingly grumpy, the wishes still go wrong (on the whole). A great modern take on a classic children's story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I liked this book. Some parts made me feel mad and angry at characters, and the author, but hey thatswhat good books do to you. I finished this book a few months ago, and before that, I hadn't read a book that made me feel like I was standing with the characters. Experiencing every thing at the same time they were. This book was a good one. It made me laugh and feel bad for certain characters. I really love Jaquline wilson's books. 😇😇😇😇😇

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This book made me cry when at the end her brother died! It was so sad and I was devastated! The psammead was devastated before he died too, but I reckon I was sadder. I would of wished for Robbie to come back cause he was my fav character. And when the psammead dried up when Robbie got stabbed and was bleeding into the sand of the sandpit! I wish he wasn’t allergic to water. So good. 5 stars but maybe don’t make the psammead and Robbie die if you write another? I cried for hours! Literally.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Jacqueline Wilson makes a brilliant tribute to my all time favourite book, five children and it. Rosalind and her younger brother Robbie and lumped with their dad and his new family over the summer. Bring in the psammead and their holiday takes a magical turn. With bumps in the journey, just like the original, can the children find a way to make the wishes bring this reluctant family together.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Continuing on with my journey back into my childhood, I picked this up because I love the story of Five Children & It and wanted to see what Jacky had done to make the idea her own. And it was okay. Quite a few things irritated me within this book but the actual inclusion of E. Nesbit's amazing work was really great. Continuing on with my journey back into my childhood, I picked this up because I love the story of Five Children & It and wanted to see what Jacky had done to make the idea her own. And it was okay. Quite a few things irritated me within this book but the actual inclusion of E. Nesbit's amazing work was really great.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Varsha Seshan

    I have no idea if I would have enjoyed this book if I had not been familiar with Five Children and It, but it was good fun. The Psammead, I think, is like that. The perfect grumpy character that you long to write about. I almost did too, in a short story in Dragonflies, Jigsaws, and Seashells!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Dawson

    3.5*s Not one of Jacqueline Wilson's best. I am familiar with the original and this really was a retelling just modernised. I also agree with another reviewer that it was tedious and unbelievable that the children managed to convince their parents to take them on a picnic to the same woods every single day.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alison Caller

    Reading aloud to DD1 (10) and DD2 (7) and we've all three enjoyed this a lot. It borrows a lot from the original and retains the style but updates the story to make it more accessible. Not sure youngest understood some of the blended family bits but she got the gist of it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Flying Books

    jaqulins books are always entertaining! Def read this really good! Enjoy! Flying BooksXxx

  22. 5 out of 5

    Harriet Quimby

    Wasn't a massive fan of this book found it a bit slow at times.

  23. 4 out of 5

    SAbooks

    The best book I have ever read from Jacqueline Willson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dearbhla Ní

    I liked this because it mixes modern things with the classic novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jasnoor

    This book was amazing. Even though I read it three times in a row, I never got bored with the book. It kept me hooked to the very ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Portugal

    Four Children and It Part of the #365100books

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked it, my six-year-old loved it :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ocean

    I read this several years ago when I was quite a bit younger but remember thinking that it wasn’t going to be a good book and then was totally surprised.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aidi Bao

    I actually really liked Four Children and It . The book was amazing but the only thing I would do was to make the ending a little more exciting. But it still is REALLY good !!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Courtney

    another one of my childhood faves. i don’t own this one but i’m tempted to buy a copy for nostalgic purposes hehe i remembered lovinngg this book

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