Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Review: Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine by Janet Quin-Harkin

I spent week, nay months, trying to remember the name of this beloved and long OP book from my childhood. I eventually came up with enough of it to find the book. So then I ordered a used edition, and I am so thrilled! We had one of those monthly subscriptions where you got a book a month from the Parents Magazine Press, and this was the gem.

Septimus Bean shows up in the kingdom with his titular Amazing Machine.., but no one know what it does. Is it a cleaning machine? Is it a laundry machine? Is it a flying machine? The seven princesses want to know!
When I was a kid the energetic action of this book was fantastic. The illustrations were great. Septimus is long and tall and Bean-like, and the princesses all are beautiful and princess-y, but at the same time they looked like they could be my friends. After all, they did their own cleaning and laundry so they obviously weren't snobby princesses. And the end result of the machine testing is fantastical, fun, and kid-perfect. I loved this book and it's just as amazing as I remember!

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.


Julie P. said...

I've never heard of Septimus Bean, but it does sound like a great kid's book! I'm so glad you are re-discovering it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Checking in to see how you are doing on the readathon. Hope you are enjoying the day and the reads!

Readathon Cheerleader :D