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Nurse Matilda: The Collected Tales Hardcover – February 10, 2005

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Gr. 3-5. Nurse Matilda is a combination of Mary Poppins, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and TV's Super Nanny. The three tales of Nurse Matilda's entanglements with the Brown family, which were published individually in the 1960s, might have languished in out-of-print purgatory were it not for a "major motion picture," entitled Nanny McPhee, inspired by the stories. American readers, even those "of a certain age," may not be familiar with the Nanny tales, but there's lots to warm up to, including Ardizzone's lively ink drawings, over-the-top events, and the arch, yet understated, British tone ("I understand that your children are exceedingly naughty"). And so the Brown children are, mixing up mischief and a bit of violence. One of Brand's funny conceits is that the children are too numerous to be counted, with new ones continually being named. Still, by the third section, in which the children play havoc with several elderly ladies, the bad behavior seems gratuitous and belabored. The book's popularity in the U.S. will probably be tied to the movie's.^B Ilene Cooper
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About the Author

Christianna Brand had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant, and governess. Brand herself admitted, "I write for no reason more pretentious than simply to entertain." She died in 1988.

Edward Ardizzone wrote and illustrated about twenty books for children and edited and illustrated two volumes of classic fairy tales over the course of his fifty-year career. He also wrote five books for adults and illustrated more than 150 books by other authors. He died in 1979.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books; First American Edition edition (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582346704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582346700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After seeing the movie "Nanny McPhee," my six-year-old daughter and I couldn't wait to read the book it was based on. We weren't disappointed. The Brown children in the book really are terribly, TERRIBLY naughty, maybe even worse than the children in the movie. There are more of them, too - a seemingly endless number; thus more opportunities for naughtiness.

I love this book because it makes it clear that even while she's teaching the children to behave, Nurse Matilda loves them not just in spite of their naughtiness, but because of it. The ineffectual parents are pretty funny, too. And the illustrations by Edward Ardizzone couldn't be more charming.

Be prepared for questions about Britishisms - e.g., the children eat swedes and roly-poly pudding with treacle, and the Baby wears a nappy. It all adds to the atmosphere.
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The books by Christianna Brand are charming and are written with typical British understatement. The only complaint that I had is that the children's adventures tend to become repetitious after a while, the pattern of the lessons is always the same. The screenplay that Emma Thompson created using these books as her inspiration is nothing less than wonderful. It simply soared! My 22-year-old daughter and I left the theatre delighted and planning our next visit to the Brown family.
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Written in 1946, this endearing tale of an atrocious looking Nanny with a magical walking stick is very entertaining! Mr and Mrs Brown have many children and go through many nurses, governesses and nannies as they are a trifle hard to handle! Nurse Matilda arrives on the scene and order is restored, but not before lots of naughty fun is had.

I'll be eager to see the movie version, NANNY MCPHEE!
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My great-granddaughter and I watched the Nanny McPhee movies while I was visiting her one day. I saw the name of the author whose stories they were based on, so ordered the book for her. Nurse Matilda is the Nanny of last resort for desperate parents of badly behaved children! She makes them behave, and eventually makes them love her. A funny book that also teaches good behavior, by showing how naughty behavior can backfire.
Clever illustrations, too!
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Bought the book after watching both Nanny McPhee movies with the kids. We all enjoyed the movies so much, I wanted to read the book that inspired such marvelous characters and amusing stories. I was curious to see if the movie left out any nuggets that are usually difficult to translate into the big screen. I was disappointed! In my opinion, the movies were much better adaptations of original - lifting all the best bits and leaving out the rest.
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This story is one of my favorites and I'm glad to see it back in print. It's truely original and every adult I've given it to has also enjoyed it. A wonderful book to share with your children.
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Wonderful book....wonderful story.....it will warm your heart. The words bring back memories of my childhood in Jamaica. Please note, that back then when these books were written, Nurse was the name for Nanny. It was changed to Nanny for the obvious reason. We should not downgrade a children's story, because we dont know the language of another culture. Please buy the book.
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I didn't personally read this collection of stories, my 10 year old did...in record time too. He loved that the stories were funny, which held his attention throughout the entire book. Inspiration for the Nanny McPhee movies, I would say that the magical whimsy of these original stories would be enjoyed by everyone.
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