The Enchanted Castel and Five Children And It – Edith Nesbit

I’ve reviewed Nesbit before and do love her fantasy stories made for children of stern stuff, but after these novellas I recognize that her proper, hundred year old, British writing works best as short tales. The Enchanted Castle deals with a group of children and a magic ring at a magical manor and all the trouble they get into. Five Children And It has five kids (really?) and a wish granting sand fairy, which naturally leads to chaos and the children recognizing that wishes are hardly worth the bother. Cut each of these stories in half and I would love them, but as is it took effort to finish them.