|Not my cover, but pretty cool!|
Me in a crowded car on the way to camp: Let's try this Ivanhoe!
Me a paragraph later: What even is this?! My brain can't handle this right now! *pulls out Jeeves and Wooster*
Me a week later: Who else was born in August? E. NESBIT!!! And The Railway Children is just sitting at school waiting for a rereread!!!! So much win!!
(And please, someone tell me if all of Sir Walter Scott's books are as hard to read as Ivanhoe! )
So that's what I read. And as usual it was deliciously sweet, happy, cozy and not too much affected by my questioning brain. (More on that later.)
If you haven't read The Railway Children yet, here's the plot:
Perfectly happy family life is interrupted by a mysterious happening. Family moves to the country because they are suddenly poor. The children discover a railroad and have various adventures surrounding it. Spoilery happy crying ending.
Yup, that's pretty much it. The summary doesn't seem like much, but that's because it's very episodic. Each chapter could be it's own story!
|Doesn't Mother look perfect in this movie!|
But Bobbie! No!
And Bobbie! Oh Bobbie is my favorite by ever so far! (Her real name's Roberta) She gets on my nerves occasionally because she sort of meddles a little bit (helps lame dogs over stiles), but she does have really good intentions. She's her mother's right hand woman and tries to keep peace in the house, no matter how hard it is. She hides her sadness to make her mother happy, and even when she knows, she goes on as usual. And the end!! *happy sobs*
I liked reading about both the children's big adventures and the little stuff they did everyday, like waving to the train, playing charades, and making swallows nests. They weren't brats, but they weren't perfect angels either. (Although Peter might have a different opinion about Bobbie) I liked how they made friends with everyone, even the unlovable people. I think my favorite adventure was in the tunnel with the Hound and Perks' birthday.
So obviously I love this book a lot. Like seriously A LOT. E. Nesbit was a children's writing genius. Like C. S. Lewis, she talks to the reader, and most of the time it doesn't feel like she's talking down to them. (There were a few times I was like "Really?", but that's probably because I'm 17...)
Now, the time when Ashley's brain becomes cynical: This time around, I noticed that things tied up prettily all the time! That's great for a children's book, but it isn't exactly accurate. But kids won't pick up on that, so whatever. Also, everyone was nice. And if they aren't at first, the children made friends with them eventually. This seems cute and all, but seriously, you're not going to make friends with everybody, and not everybody is nice and fuzzy. These are just little things I picked up on. They didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book on iota though! And kids definitely won't pick up on them. At least, I didn't!
|Bobbie is perfect!!!|
So, have you read The Railway Children? What's your favorite E. Nesbit book? Is Bobbie/Mother everyone's favorite character?