The Wishing Chair (series)
The front cover of The Wishing-Chair Again
|Genre||Children's fiction, fantasy|
|Published in English||1937-2000|
|No. of books||3|
- Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937)
- The Wishing-Chair Again (1950)
- More Wishing-Chair Stories (2000)
The first book, Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, has the distinction of being Enid Blyton's first full-length book — although it is episodic in nature.
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair
Mollie and Peter, searching for a birthday present for their mother, find a mysterious antiques shop which appears to be run by fairy folk. There, they find a magic wishing chair with the power to grow wings and fly. After the chair rescues them from the shop, and gets them home, they decide to keep the chair in their playhouse. On their first flight, they rescue a pixie called Chinky from a giant. The pixie comes to live in their playroom, and the remainder of the book concerns the adventures of the children, as the chair takes them, and Chinky to various magical places.They also get into trouble due to some invisible paint, and a boy who makes faces, and cannot unmake them. But they also have some good adventures like going to Greatheart, the magician's party or going to Grabbit Gnomes. The children have a most pleasant time with the chair, with some near misses!
The Wishing-Chair Again
The Wishing-Chair gets captured by a giant called Twisty, and Mollie, Peter and Chinky the pixie have to get it back. The chair has its wings cut off by the Slipperies, and the children and Chinky take it to Chinky's Great Aunt Quick Fingers who can make the wings grow back. The next rainy day, Peter and Mollie use the "Wing-growing" ointment on some of their toys, and unfortunately Mollie accidentally makes Chinky's wand fly too by touching it with ointment-covered fingers. The chair takes them to Mr Grim's school, a rather horrible school where the teacher asks all sorts of ridiculous, impossible questions that he doesn't even know the answer to - how pointless is that and of course Peter and Mollie are caught in the act of "stealing" the toys and it's a bit hard to steal something that's been yours ever since you were four, but Mr Grim reckons they need discipline and takes them in. They befriend and rescue a naughty brownie called Winks who gets them into all sorts of trouble and in the end he is sent back to Mr. Grim, though he is happy because Peter gave him a Titbit Dish which he won from the Island of Surprises.
More Wishing-Chair Stories
In this final sequel, a compilation of stories about the Wishing Chair from other books (The Adventures of the Wishing Chair, Enid Blyton's Omnibus and the Enid Blyton Annuals), More Wishing Chair Stories Mollie and Peter are home for the half-term holiday and Chinky and the Wishing-Chair are ready to fly away with them to magical lands. They visit the Land of Wishes and the Land of Chatterboxes, but perhaps the best adventure of all is helping Santa Claus deliver presents on Christmas Eve.