Five children: Robert, Anthea, Jane, Cyril and baby brother “Lamb” meet a strange furry creature while playing in the gravel pit out behind their new house. At first the creature, identified as a Psammead, is cross with the children for disturbing him but then he is charmed and begins to explain. He is a sand-fairy and is willing to grant the children one wish for the group each day. Now, because they are children and bored and have been left to the care of the servants while Mother and Father are off elsewhere, they see no problem and begin to make their wishes. Each one is absolutely fine to begin with until things go wrong and the children in the end learn their lessons and become more careful next time they try.
Even though it was written so long ago it is still a very entertaining children’s book, especially with the not so politically correct comments; Words like slut, red skins in reference or Native Americans, and some anti-feminist remarks all make rather interesting appearances. How come the books now days are nice little ones to make children laugh and think the world is all a happy place? Where is the terror of mistakes and strangers trying to steal a baby?
A nice little look at the past and maybe you should read it if you happen to find a copy of the novel. It won’t change your life but it could be something fun for a little while. Just be careful with what you wish for, anything could happen.