#38 – “Stopping for a Spell” by Diana Wynne Jones
Page Numbers: 148 pages
Dates Read: 9/14/13
Plot in three lines or less: This was three short stories combined into one book.
1. Chair Person: Thanks to Auntie Christa, who has turned up with an old conjurer’s set, the old chair has become Chair Person, and it’s not very good at being a Person.
2. The Four Grannies: All Erg wants to do is work on his Invention, but his sister Emily appears to have turned into a teddy bear, and the four grannies just won’t leave him alone.
3. Who Got Rid of Angus Flint?: Angus Flint is the house guest nobody wants – he just won’t go away!
New read or re-read? New.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Probably not, but I am glad I did read it. I’m trying to build up the number of short stories I’ve read, for it is an abysmally small number, and yes, I would recommend it.
Was it easy to read? Yes, it was very easy to read. It also just took me a couple of hours spread out over the course of the day.
Can you relate to anything within the story? Nothing in particular. I appreciated it for the humor and as a way to escape real life for a bit.
Favorite Character(s): Erg, the inventor in the second story, in particular, especially when he was trying to get his invention to work. I can almost picture one of my nephews filling into his shoes very easily.
Is there anything else you would like to add? This was another one of the library acquisitions. One of the common threads between each of the stories that I really enjoyed was finding the magic in ordinary things – furniture, laundry, chopsticks, chairs, piano stools. These things come to life and for better or worse help (or hinder as the case might be) our protagonists on their journey. I loved this because I try my hardest to find magic in the ordinary things as well.