The Wishing-Chair (series)

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For the 1985 album by 10,000 Maniacs, see The Wishing Chair (album).
The Wishing Chair
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The front cover of The Wishing-Chair Again
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair
The Wishing-Chair Again
More Wishing-Chair Stories
Author Enid Blyton
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's fiction, fantasy
Published in English 1937–2000
No. of books 3

The Wishing-Chair is a series of two novels by the English author Enid Blyton, and a third book published in 2000 compiled from Blyton's short stories. The three children's stories are as follows:

  • 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[edit]

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 dangerous adventures.

The Wishing-Chair Again[edit]

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 even he doesn't know the answer to. They befriend and rescue a naughty brownie called Winks, who gets them into all sorts of trouble and who is sent back to Mr. Grim.

More Wishing-Chair Stories[edit]

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.

Cameos[edit]

The wishing-chair is briefly seen at the end of The Black Dossier by Alan Moore.