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The Ogre Downstairs (1974)

by Diana Wynne Jones

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When a disagreeable man with two boys marries a widow with three children, family adjustments are complicated by two magic chemistry sets which cause strange things to happen around the house.
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    souloftherose: Another great children's book by Diana Wynne Jones featuring magic, a dysfunctional family and some great humour
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Every time I pick up one of Jones' novels I am transorted and enthralled by the imaginitive worlds that she creates for her readers. This novel is set is a more realistic and modern time that many of her other classics, but it is noless fantastic. Jones ignoes a spark of magic through the most mundane of objects (a children's chemistry kit) and ignotes every little boys' fantasy with the ensuing highjinx. These include animated toffee, flying, and invisibility mixed in wth all the typical domestic drama that ensues from the merging of two households with rambunctious children. Anyone in need of a highthearted escape would do well to pick up this book! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
As if the a newly formed family with 3 children of one parent and 2 of the other's doesn't have enough issues, add chemistry sets that change the rules of the world - but of course it does work out, not that it would, but well fiction! ( )
  quondame | Aug 18, 2020 |
I loved this book as a kid and had to dig it up and re-read it. I guess it is a take on fantasia, with hundreds of sweet bars coming to life, but grounded in a living, breathing, conflicted family. ( )
  kk1 | Nov 24, 2017 |
A brilliant story about kids adjusting in a blended family; a magical chemistry set creates a lot of adventure and reconciles the kids. One of DWJ's best. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 18, 2017 |
Not my favorite Diana Wynne Jones book, but it was still a solid tale about families and magic. I guess it was just...sort of small? And everything was a little random? ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
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"When five youngsters are given chemistry sets, the results are hilariously explosive," said PW.
added by JalenV | editPublishers Weekly (Jan 14, 2002)

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Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Anderson, DennisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heslop, MaggieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newbold, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jos. ACover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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