The Wishing-Chair (series)

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The Wishing Chair
The Wishing-Chair Again; front cover.jpg
The front cover of The Wishing-Chair Again

Adventures of the Wishing-Chair
The Wishing-Chair Again
More Wishing-Chair Stories
AuthorEnid Blyton
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreChildren's fiction, fantasy
Published in English1937–2000
No. of books3

The Wishing-Chair is a series of two novels by the English author Enid Blyton, and a third book published in 2000 compiled from Blyton's short stories. The three children's stories are as follows:

  • Adventures of the Wishing-Chair (1937)
  • The Wishing-Chair Again (1950)
  • More Wishing-Chair Stories (2000)

The first book, Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, has the distinction of being Enid Blyton's first full-length novel — although it is episodic in nature. A TV series was made in 1998 as part of Enid Blytons Enchanted Lands.

The Wishing-Chair Again[edit]

It's the first day of the summer holidays and Peter and Mollie are dying to go on more adventures with their Wishing-Chair. Peter inadvertently asks to go to the land of "Goodness-Knows-Where", but in the process of going there the Wishing-Chair is stolen. They eventually get it back and a few days later, the Wishing-Chair only grows three wings. They end up in the Land of Slipperies and when Peter offends one of them, they retaliate by chopping all the chair's wings off, so they get some ointment which grows the wings back. On the next rainy day, they inadvertedly grow wings on their toys and the toys end up at Mr Grim's school where mischievous brownies are sent. They befriend a brownie called Winks and successfully get Mr Grim to relinquish the toys. Winks takes up residence in Peter and Mollie's house and they take him on adventures, but on the last day of the holidays, he is sent back to Mr Grim's school for being too naughty.

More Wishing-Chair Stories[edit]

In this final book, Mollie and Peter are home for the half-term holiday and Chinky and the Wishing-Chair are ready to fly away with them to magical lands. They visit the Land of Wishes, the Land of Scally-Wags and help Santa Claus deliver presents on Christmas Eve.

Television adaptation[edit]

An animated series, Enid Blyton's Enchanted Lands, based on stories from "The Wishing Chair" and "The Faraway Tree" series was broadcast in 1997 and 1998. A selection of episodes, "The Ho Ho Wizard", "The Grabbit Gnomes", "Poor Lost Jigs", "The Land of Dreams", "The Disappearing Islands", "The Magician's Party" and "The Chair Clowns About" were later released on VHS and DVD. The voice cast were: Richard Pearce, Julia Harrison-Jones, Mark Channon, Nigel Pelgram, Adrienne Posta and David Holt.

In popular culture[edit]

The wishing-chair is briefly seen at the end of The Black Dossier by Alan Moore.