Title: The Adventures of the Wishing Chair
Author: Enid Blyton
Page Count/Review Word Count: 185
It’s no Faraway Tree book, but the Adventures of the Wishing Chair is a delightful read and one which parents will enjoy just as much as children. In it, two children (Mollie and Peter) discover a magical wishing chair in a mysterious antiques shop – it has the ability to grow wings and fly, and it does so to take them home from the shop.
Of course, Blyton sprinkles in characteristically weird names, too – ‘Chinky‘ the pixie, for example. I mean, is that deliberately racist? The book was first published in 1937, in a time when it was common practice to use the word ‘nigger‘ in serious pieces of literature, but still.
This is effectively a collection of short stories that are held together by the common plot device of the flying chair, but that’s good news for parents who read to their children before bedtime – the stories are both sequential and stand-alone, and each chapter is the perfect length.