Reviews of Magic World, the (1912)
Review by mojosmom (2004-06-01)
"A thoughtless boy is taught a lesson by his cat, a girl sent upstairs in disgrace is whisked to the world of her dreams; a magic telescope brings two boys a fortune; some very sensible princes and princesses outwit wicked fairies and usurpers . . . These twelve spellbinding stories open the door to the magic world of the imagination."
An enjoyable collection of short stories. Some are set entirely in worlds of enchanted royalty and good fairies, others combine reality and magic. Nesbit's magic worlds contain kings and queens who generally prefer retirement and raising pigs and hens in the country. Her children are neither prigs nor brats, but quite ordinary children who misbehave in the ordinary way, through thoughtlessness rather than malice, and it just takes a short bit of enchantment to make them see their error. However, don't make the mistake of thinking that these are "stories with a lesson"; as the author says, "There is no moral to this story, except … But no -- there is no moral". Just pleasant reading.