Author: Edith Nesbit
Book Review By: Anwitha Sudeep
Class: 7

The Enchanted Castle

Hello! The book I am going to review is called The Enchanted Castle. It’s a fiction about how
Jerry, Jimmy, Kathleen and Mabel are spending their holidays in the woods. While exploring
they come across a cave that leads them to the enchanted castle where they meet a princess.
The princess invited them inside and shows her magical treasures. When she was explaining the
magical ring suddenly the ring obeyed the owners’ wishes and turned her invisible causing her
to panic and accept that she is the housekeeper’s niece, Mabel, and was just pretending. The
ring soon caused a lot of trouble making fake people made out umbrellas and coats REAL (they
were called the ugly wuglies).

This story is set mostly in the castle and the school. The castle has statues that come alive when
you are wearing the ring which I would be afraid of if I was Gerald, trying to catch the thieves
that wanted to steal the castle’s treasures! I would recommend this book because it has very
unique characters like Gerald, who speaks like a book in moments of excitement.

The best thing I like about The Enchanted Castle is that they have lots of different characters and their
descriptions make it sound as if the story really happened and all these people are real
including the ugly wuglies (I wouldn’t want that to happen). The first time I read it though, I
couldn’t understand it because it had a lot of things happening all at once and I had lots of
questions. But once I read it slowly and carefully the story started making more sense.

Nevertheless, I still have few questions in my mind. Johnson, who came into the story as a
policeman, felt more like filler to me but it also shows how the children are very adventurous
and noble at the same time by helping him solve a mystery. The very strict but polite French
mistress could be my favorite character now seeing that at the beginning of the book she is
supposedly supposed to be very strict person but as Gerald warms up to her she becomes more
kind and fun to the children.

The ending, where the ring lost it magical properties and became not-so-destructive, was quite
happy which made me like The Enchanted Castle a bit more even though that wouldn’t stop me from having nightmares about the ring if I were one of the children.

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