Almost done with this portion of the experience, my little trip into Edward Eager. I have to say, I’ll miss revisiting these books for the time being, but they’re on my list of things to re-read, and hopefully I’ll get to them sooner rather than later. Nothing is able to make you think about the world differently, if only for a moment, than a really good children’s book.
And that’s exactly what The Well-Wishers is, second to last book in the series.
It reuses the same cast of characters from Magic or Not? and the same concept as well. Instead of clear and obvious instances of magic from the early books, all the magic in this book might just be magic-seeming. As I said before, there is a certain endearing quality to this ambiguity.
Also, as the title suggest, there’s a wishing well. And let’s be honest, who hasn’t thrown in a penny from time to time? There’s a certain… fairytale quality about a wishing well, and when it has that same ambiguity, the quality is even more charming.
This is the last book of the series in a pair, and to be honest I prefer this one to Magic or Not?, perhaps because the characters aren’t brand new this time, perhaps because I really like the wishing well concept. Whatever the reason, I love this almost as much as I love the literary story lines Eager sometimes uses.
One more to go, and this one I will gush about.