Synopses & Reviews
Time and again, the children from Knightand#39;s Castle
have longed for another magic adventure. But you canand#39;t find magic just anywhere.
It doesnand#39;t just grow like grass.
It requires the right place and the right timeandmdash;
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Or thyme, as the case may be.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; For at Mrs. Whitonand#39;s house, magic grows wild as the fragrant banks of thyme in her garden. Eliza insists that time doesnand#39;t grow, it fliesandmdash;yet growing in the garden is olden time, future time, and common time. Or so says the Natterjack, the odd toadlike creature who presides over the garden and accompanies the kids on a series of perilous, hilarious, always unpredictable adventures. andquot;Anything can happen,andquot; the Natterjack says with a wink, andquot;when you have all the time in the world.andquot;
andquot;This delectable tale, with its play on words, wonderful puns, high-quality wit, and fantasy, [is] a treasure indeed.andquot;and#160; andmdash;San Francisco Chronicle
andquot;Full of humor and ingenious fantasy.andquot;and#160; andmdash;The Horn Book
Since Half Magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, Edward Eagerandrsquo;s Tales of Magic have become beloved classics. Now all seven cherished stories by Edward Eager about vacationing cousins who stumble into magical doings and whimsical adventures are available in updated paperback editions. The original lively illustrations by N. M. Bodecker have been retained, but eye-catching new cover art gives these classics a fresh, contemporary look for a whole new generation.
Time and again, the children from Knight's Castle have longed for another magic adventure. But you can't find magic just anywhere. It doesn't grow like grass. It requires the right place and the right time . . . Or thyme, as the case may be. At Mrs. Whiton's house, magic grows as wild as the banks of thyme in the garden. Growing there is olden time, future time, and common time. Or so says the Natterjack, the toadlike creature who accompanies the children on a series of hilarious, always unpredictable adventures. "Anything can happen," the Natterjack says, "when you have all the time in the world."
About the Author
Edward Eager (1911andndash;1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasnand#39;t until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing childrenand#39;s stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling Half Magic, published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges his indebtedness to E. Nesbit, whom he considered the best childrenand#39;s writer of all timeandmdash;andquot;so that any child who likes my books and doesnand#39;t know hers may be led back to the master of us all.andquot;