The Time Garden (Tales of Magic, #4) by Edward Eager

The Time Garden (Tales of Magic, #4)

"Anything can happen when you have all the time in the world" says the frog-like Natterjack in old relative Mrs Whiton's thyme garden. Cousins Roger, Ann, Eliza and girl-crazy Jack ride for American rebels, bow to Queen Elizabeth I, and even rescue their own parents when they were children.

Details The Time Garden (Tales of Magic, #4)

TitleThe Time Garden (Tales of Magic, #4)
Release DateFeb 27th, 2019
PublisherOxford University Press
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Childrens, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Magic, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Juvenile, Classics, Adventure

Reviews The Time Garden (Tales of Magic, #4)

  • Hilary
    2.5 We thought we would enjoy this a lot more than we did. Perhaps we would have enjoyed the series more starting at the beginning. I really like Quentin Blake's illustrations but they really didn't suit this book, their comical style seems much more suited to books that are funny or for a younger reader. I think we would have enjoyed this book more if we had more knowledge about American history, we know very little and several of the time slip ...
  • Qt
    As always, Edward Eager's writing left me feeling happy :-) I love his style--it seems so warm and personal, and "The Time Garden" is a delightful fantasy with lots of humor and fun. Plus, it takes place in the summer so this was a good time to read it ;-)FYI: there are "Little Women" spoilers in this book :-)
  • R.J.
    This is a re-read, as I was reading it out loud to my 9-year-old son. I dearly love Edward Eager's books, so it was a bit painful to revisit this one and discover that it was not as good as I'd remembered it. The characterization is great (headstrong Eliza with her "leadership qualities" especially is a terrific prickly girl character, though her character arc wasn't half as satisfying or fully resolved as I'd thought), the dialogue wryly funny, ...
  • Drew
    Reading Edward Eager's books to the kids has been a lot of fun. Are they great literature? No (but compared to much of what's published today, they're practically Shakespeare). But they really capture that mid-20th-century milieu, while blatantly and shamelessly giving nods to E. Nesbit's books from half a century earlier. (After all, what is the Natterjack but Eager's own Psammead?)In this book, the four children from Knight's Castle are spend...
  • Andrea
    Four cousins find a garden that allows them to travel magically through time (by sniffing thyme). As in all of Eager's books, however, magic is unpredictable and often uncontrollable. This is a great book to read aloud with a mixed age group because the thrills and danger are not too excessive for younger listeners, but the wit and history based humor will appeal to older kids and adults. Another good thing about Eager is that his characters are ...
  • Jessica
    I don't think I'd have found this any more interesting as a child than I do as an adult. Every time there was something there with potential, the book edged away from it. The concept of the time garden had real potential, but there was so little description or sense of space or presence within it that it was barely noticeable - a real shame for such a potentially lovely idea. The Natterjack didn't just pay homage to Edith Nesbitt, it was a washed...
  • Melanie
    Not my favorite so far in the series, but still clever and cute. We really enjoyed the time travel, and how the kids actually run into their parents years earlier on their own magic adventure.
  • Sem
    Oh dear. How embarrassing. Even for the Natterjack I can't bring myself to give it more than 2 stars.
  • An Odd1
    "Anything can happen when you have all the time in the world" p 20 on the sundial in the thyme patch reminds me of Jane Louise Curry's Parsley Sage Rosemary and Time . The froggy Natterjack proud Cockney accent " 'ighly superior" p 24 "London bred my grandaddy's grandaddy was .. H'emigrated 'ere" p 24 'ides in a patch of thyme for visiting children. Four cousins re-unite for magic holiday while Roger's dad...
  • Nikki
    I picked this book because the cover reminded of of a Roald Dahl book (which I've loved since I learned to read) and I was slightly disappointed that the story wasn't nearly as magical as Roald Dahl's. Its not that it was a bad story, but I had a set expectation in my mind that it fell short of. The premise is basically that four children (one who is coming into puberty and finding more interest in girls than adventure) move to their aunt's house...
  • Linnae
    Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack are back together for the summer while their parents are in England. They're staying in a very old house by the sea with a Great-aunt of some sort, Mrs. Whiton. In any case, there's a marvelous garden full of thyme...and time, as it turns out. Their magical guide this time is a Natterjack--a frog-like creature who minds the garden and the magic.As they use the thyme for time travel, all sorts of adventures ensue.2.5 st...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    Another brilliant book in this series! This time Roger and Ann, and their cousins, are packed off to the seaside for the summer, and discover a garden of thyme where a froggy Natterjack uses the magic of thyme to send them back in time on various adventures.I love how random and funny the magical adventures are, and how the cousins all have different reactions to the time-traveling situations they get into. Eliza is always jumping in and taking a...
  • Mary
    In the third installment in Eager's magic series, four children spend the summer at a mysterious old house by the sea, and discover the house has a magical garden.This is my personal favorite of the series, in part because of the plays on "time" and "thyme" and the crossover chapter (but no details on that because of spoilers). In general, the book is rather like a seven year old watched a few episodes of Doctor Who and then decided to write a bo...
  • Melody
    I really, really, REALLY hated the illustrations of the natterjack. Hated them so much it interfered with my enjoyment of this otherwise enchanting and enchanted story. I loved the central, thyme-y conceit here. I beg to differ that EVERYONE wanted Jo to end up with Laurie in Little Women, however. I'm a huge Eager fan, and this is a lovely entry in the canon.
  • Wreade1872
    A children's magical adventure very much in the vane of E.Nesbit stories. Unfortunately, it's constantly acknowledging how similar it is to the works of E.Nesbit, which does not help matters. It is especially unhelpful due to the fact that it is quite dissimilar in one respect, which is that it is nowhere near as imaginative. It picks up quite a bit towards the end but is still fairly tame and boring compared to the predecessors it tries to ape.
  • Kate
    Edward Eager's books are classics, and some of my very favorites from childhood. The illustrations by N.M. Bodeker were a huge influence on me, and I loved the stories (you think Harry Potter is original? Hardly). These are excellent books, published mid-century, that build on a foundation laid decades earlier by masters like E. Nesbit.
  • Catherine
    It would be nice if books that are part of a series would say somewhere on the binding which number in the series it is. I may have enjoyed this book more if I'd read books 2 and 3. I've read book one - Half Magic which I enjoyed a lot more than this book. I found the characters flat, so I didn't really care what happened to them. Their adventures were kind of boring as well.
  • Lela
    Since I am a gardener, I loved this book. I read it out loud to Will, and we were both so excited to pick it up each night. Half Magic is still my favorite by this author, though.
  • Ethenielle
    awwww....I love Edgar Eager books. It has a kind of old fashioned feel to it that adds soooo much charm.
  • Emily
    Run-of-the-mill. At end of story, the plan to go to school together in London was too convenient, and unnecessary besides.
  • DanaMichelle
    Witty, humorous, magical and historical. My roommates and i read this book aloud to each other just for fun :)
  • Laura
    One of those books that you'll retrieve from the children's section over and over again, no matter how old you are.
  • Annie
    Oh this is a nice gem of a book! If you're a fan of E. Nesbitt's stories and British tales then you're definitely enjoy this book! I love the Natterjack as a frog he's quite a character! And how you are able to time travel by sniffing the thyme plant. How fun it is to be a young child and you are able to go back in history and give advice to the Queen Elizabeth the first?! Or see your mother as a young child? Anyways I don't want to give away the...
  • Courtney
    At some point, you'd think these books would get tired, you think they'd get repetitive, you'd think they'd lose their charm, as of yet that has not happened. I might start to feel that way when they start to stray into other families in the future. But thus far, this one is just as delightful as the rest. I particularly love the visit to the March family, and strong-willed Eliza continues to be my favorite of this set of characters.
  • Scott
    Entertaining and enjoyable,but I didn't like this one as much as the first three. I hope that doesn't mean the series is getting stale.Although the adventure was enjoyable (although not all that exciting), I quickly tired of the Natterjack and it's kind of annoying and inconsistent accent.I look forward to the rest of the series, but I hope I find the final magical adventures a little more, well, magical.So, liked it; didn't love it.
  • Filipa
    I enjoyed this book very much but I have to say that Jack ruined things for me - like... completely. I still enjoy the rest of the characters and I'm loving the series but seriously, I cannot put up with Jack. I must say that I am truly quite happy with this magical discovery of Edward Eager's book. They're really special.
  • Kelly
    An amazing little book. I read it when I was a kid and just re-read it in a day. It's so fantastical and whimsical and filled with adventure. It's a part of a series of books about magic that are all incredible , but this one is one of my favorites. It's slightly racist, but it was written in the fifties, so I was expecting way worse. It's actually a pretty feminist book, too. This is one of those books I will keep and read to my children.
  • robyn
    If you've read Nesbit, then stick to Nesbit. But if I was building a library for young children, I'd definitely include Eager. He's an easy read, just smart enough for me (an adult) to finish, and not too hard for a child. I probably would have read these more than once as a kid.
  • Gable Roth
    This book was a lot more fun than the others so far in the series. It was happier and lighter. Fun magic adventures still occurred but they don't get into as much trouble so it is a little less stressful.
  • Julie
    One of my all-time fav kid series from my childhood.