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.

The 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 playroom. On their first adventure, 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.

The Wishing-Chair Again[edit]

It's the first day of the summer holidays and Peter and Mollie are dying to go on more adventures with their Wishing-Chair. Peter inadvertently asks to go to the land of "Goodness-Knows-Where", but in the process of going there the Wishing-Chair is stolen. They eventually get it back and a few days later, the Wishing-Chair only grows three wings. They end up in the Land of Slipperies and when Peter offends one of them, they retaliate by chopping all the chair's wings off, so they get some ointment which grows the wings back. On the next rainy day, they inadvertedly grow wings on their toys and the toys end up at Mr Grim's school where mischievous brownies are sent. They befriend a brownie called Winks and successfully get Mr Grim to relinquish the toys. Winks takes up residence in Peter and Mollie's house and they take him on adventures, but on the last day of the holidays, he is sent back to Mr Grim's school for being too naughty.

More Wishing-Chair Stories[edit]

In this final book, 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, the Land of Scally-Wags and help 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.