The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure; Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Mark Beech
Written by Enid Blyton, one of the Britain’s most beloved author’s, The Magic Faraway Tree was first published in 1939. Now Jacqueline Wilson, self-confessed lover of the series and one of Britain’s favourite children’s authors, takes up the mantle to irresistibly revisit Blyton's magical world, offering a new adventure that will be adored by readers of the originals and will capture the hearts and minds of a new generation.
Milo, Mia and Birdy are excited to be on holiday at a picturesque cottage in the countryside. Better yet, they have discovered the Enchanted Wood, home to many a remarkable creature and a special tree that stands out from the rest.
The Magic Faraway Tree is the home to an assortment of fabulous characters and Birdy is thrilled to find an actual real life fairy. It isn’t long before the children are exploring the wondrous lands that appear at the top of the tree. They ride magical creatures in the Land of Unicorns, party in the Land of Bouncy Castles and dance till their feet ache in the Land of Princes and Princesses.
But not all lands are so friendly and fun. The appearance of the feared Land of Dragons puts everyone in danger. Faced with fire-breathing mythical creatures, the children and their new friends must rely on Moonface and his misfiring magic to come to the rescue…
Jacqueline Wilson is the perfect author to whisk readers back to the glorious Enchanted Wood and the magic of the Faraway Tree. Brilliantly written in her signature style and infused with her own spin on things, she effortlessly captures all of the charm, wonder and carefree adventure that set the imaginations of children alight in Blyton’s original books.
In the land where time stops and adventures begin, Wilson has ensured that her new adventure is every bit as fun and as magical as those that came before it. The new cast of children are a delight and I loved that all of my favourite characters were brought into the twenty-first century; Silky the fairy, Dame Washalot, Moonface, the Saucepan Man, Mr Whatizname, The Angry Pixie - it was just like being back with old friends.
Will be absolutely adored by those who are visiting the Faraway Tree for the first time and the most heartwarming of nostalgic treats for the older generations.
With huge thanks to Hachette for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 6+.
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