Five Children on the Western Front

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Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

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The Psammead, ‘a compact furry ball of deep sulking’, is brilliantly characterised and Saunders makes his journey towards self-awareness and empathy both heart-breaking and terribly funny. This fits in nicely with the originals but I must admit, it was blindly obvious to me that a character that was supposed to be a cockney, was coming out with these kind of archaic sayings too! I got the other one very obviously and it still drives me crazy insane in a good way which was probably why I picked this up instead of any other book I could've read because I knew it would do that. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes. We are made by friends and family and the knowledge that somewhere out there sleeps a Psammead, or that there's a wardrobe which leads to Narnia.

For all Saunders's delight in channelling Nesbit's Edwardian sensibilities, this is not a nostalgic book. Anytime that a prequel or sequel is published, especially to an old children’s literary classic, we ask ourselves whether or not it’s necessary. But even worse is the fact that often you’ll find character development in classic titles isn’t what it is today.That would be fine if the particularity came from the characters' themselves - but they too were rather thinly sketched. That said, what Saunders has written is certainly very readable, and it is an interesting way of presenting World War I to the child audience. I thought Kate Saunders did an exceptional job capturing the personalities of each of the children and the curmudgeony Psammead originally created by Nesbit. With the children’s help, he learns to repent but Saunders doesn’t labour this point and her use of well-timed humour makes the message even more poignant: ‘Committing more murders,’ the Lamb suggested.

Since the last time the five Pembertons, Anthea, Cyril, Robert, Jane and the Lamb saw the Sand Fairy ten years ago, there has been an addition to the family, Edie. No lessons, no underlining moral, no didactic tone relating to what children should and should not do.Saudners has also done a good job depicting the impact of the war on both the home front and the Western Front.

Jane, Bobs, Anthea, the Lamb and newcomer Edie are taken here, there and everywhere by the Psammead as he seeks redemption (a mission he reluctantly undertakes as he reveals some of his darker moments in his life).Comfortably blending fantasy elements with an English period piece about a close family, Saunders doesn’t shy from the tragedies of WWI, but handles them with a tender sadness, eschewing any hints of sentimentality or melodrama.

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