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John, Margery and Annette Carlton are a little bit prim and proper and aren't quite sure what to make of those dreadful children - Pat, Maureen, Biddy and baby Michael Taggerty - who have just moved in next door. Is it possible that the two very different families can become friends? John, Margery and Annette Carlton are a little bit prim and proper and aren't quite sure what to make of those dreadful children - Pat, Maureen, Biddy and baby Michael Taggerty - who have just moved in next door. Is it possible that the two very different families can become friends?


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John, Margery and Annette Carlton are a little bit prim and proper and aren't quite sure what to make of those dreadful children - Pat, Maureen, Biddy and baby Michael Taggerty - who have just moved in next door. Is it possible that the two very different families can become friends? John, Margery and Annette Carlton are a little bit prim and proper and aren't quite sure what to make of those dreadful children - Pat, Maureen, Biddy and baby Michael Taggerty - who have just moved in next door. Is it possible that the two very different families can become friends?

58 review for Those Dreadful Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    Quite a good story about childhood on the summer holidays in England circa 1930 or so. This one also preaches a little about how children should behave - not too 'goody-goody', but also listening to and obeying their parents, and never telling 'stories'! If only these books reflected real life 21st century children? Quite a good story about childhood on the summer holidays in England circa 1930 or so. This one also preaches a little about how children should behave - not too 'goody-goody', but also listening to and obeying their parents, and never telling 'stories'! If only these books reflected real life 21st century children?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha

    Take me back to the time when my greatest ambition was to read all books written by Enid Blyton.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aina Dayana

    Suka dengan cerita dua keluarga yang berjiran ini. Punyai anak-anak yang ramai dan berkawan baik. Macam-macam perangai mereka ni. Tapi seronok! Walaupun ada konflik, pembaca cilik pasti banyak belajar dari cerita ini. Berkasih-sayang sesama adik-beradik, cara berkawan, cara berfikir, bertindak selesaikan masalah, taat pada mak ayah dan bagaimana berazam menjadi yang terbaik. Dari sudut ibu ayah pula, kita dapat lihat warna-warni dunia anak serta kehendak mereka. Memang anak usia sekolah rendah ini Suka dengan cerita dua keluarga yang berjiran ini. Punyai anak-anak yang ramai dan berkawan baik. Macam-macam perangai mereka ni. Tapi seronok! Walaupun ada konflik, pembaca cilik pasti banyak belajar dari cerita ini. Berkasih-sayang sesama adik-beradik, cara berkawan, cara berfikir, bertindak selesaikan masalah, taat pada mak ayah dan bagaimana berazam menjadi yang terbaik. Dari sudut ibu ayah pula, kita dapat lihat warna-warni dunia anak serta kehendak mereka. Memang anak usia sekolah rendah ini banyak tenaga dan sangat berani mencuba. Bukan mudah juga membesarkan anak-anak yang sedang lasak :-)

  4. 5 out of 5

    SAI

    One of my favourites when I was a kid.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Manisha

    My mind became calm after reading this book. This shows that when children's join together it will be very fun. From this I learnt that we should always respect oru mother and be helpful for her. My mind became calm after reading this book. This shows that when children's join together it will be very fun. From this I learnt that we should always respect oru mother and be helpful for her.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Namratha

    The Carlton children are very prim and oh-so-proper and unfailingly immaculate in values, manners and attire. But they also tend to hold grudges, carry tales and sit piously in their orderly, goldfish existence. Their new neighbours, the Taggerty children know how to have loads of fun. They are loud, rambunctious, perpetually grubby and have an equally mad yet lovable dog called Dopey. But they are not always truthful, not very helpful and quite, quite tiresome. When the two sets of children are f The Carlton children are very prim and oh-so-proper and unfailingly immaculate in values, manners and attire. But they also tend to hold grudges, carry tales and sit piously in their orderly, goldfish existence. Their new neighbours, the Taggerty children know how to have loads of fun. They are loud, rambunctious, perpetually grubby and have an equally mad yet lovable dog called Dopey. But they are not always truthful, not very helpful and quite, quite tiresome. When the two sets of children are forced to get acquainted with each other, the proverbial sparks fly. They promptly label each other as "Those Dreadful Children" and proceed to have mighty quarrels, petty fights and generous dashes of backyard childhood fun. Along the way, there are some rude shocks in store, some harsh lessons to be learnt and some Blytonesque fruit cake to be demolished. There is something about coming across an unread Enid Blyton that compels me to pick it up, head home, find a cozy nook where the sunbeams hit just right, make a stack of buttered (and sprinkled with sugar) toast and lose myself in a simpler time. I have always been a Famous Five loyalist (and yes, I was George) but discovering another of Blyton's treasures still makes me happy and nostalgic. The book, Those Dreadful Children belongs to the Family Adventures series and is a simple homespun tale. Two families with startlingly dissimilar life-views are thrown together and both benefit from it. While the goody-goodies learn to unwind a bit, the brats learn to girdle up and face their responsibilities. Today, with e-books nudging sentimentality and dog-eared books to the back-shelf....I still feel that for (conditional) purists like me, it does a world of good to buy a delightfully bendy Enid Blyton paperback and relive a bit of my childhood. And along the way, if I learn some humble life lessons (or in my, case relearn them), then I am all for it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Enid Blyton nunca desilude. Acho que é um excelente livro para crianças, principalmente na etapa onde eles estão a construir a sua personalidade.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Siti

    rereading one of my favourite books as a kid. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Just as lovely as when I repeatedly read it as a child, its a very shabby copy now. Different elements are evident to me as an adult, however, live-in help not the norm, mothers not working etc. The thing i don't recall as a child was the fact one family's children were Christians and the other were not and how this changed behaviours though the story. Maybe I missed this faith element as I did go to Sunday School or maybe I just enjoyed the story as a child does rather than analysing the text. Just as lovely as when I repeatedly read it as a child, its a very shabby copy now. Different elements are evident to me as an adult, however, live-in help not the norm, mothers not working etc. The thing i don't recall as a child was the fact one family's children were Christians and the other were not and how this changed behaviours though the story. Maybe I missed this faith element as I did go to Sunday School or maybe I just enjoyed the story as a child does rather than analysing the text. Currently I do read books about Jesus and faith so it was a surprise to find I had totally missed the importance of Jesus and faith in a book I thought I remembered so well and had always enjoyed so much. Still five stars!!! Even more so now 😊

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Satu lagi novel Enid Blyton yang jadi favoritku. Anak-anak keluarga carlton kedatangan tetangga baru: keluarga Taggerty. Namun, baru pertemuan pertama, mereka sudah merasa saling tidak cocok. Anak-anak carlton yang rapi, terawat, dan sangat bersopan santun sampai-sampai dikira sombong. Sementara anak-anak keluarga Taggerty tampak tidak terurus dan berperilaku liar. Masalahnya, Mr. Carlton ingin anak-anaknya belajar dari keluarga Taggerty, terutama untuk John Carlton, yang dianggapnya harus bermain Satu lagi novel Enid Blyton yang jadi favoritku. Anak-anak keluarga carlton kedatangan tetangga baru: keluarga Taggerty. Namun, baru pertemuan pertama, mereka sudah merasa saling tidak cocok. Anak-anak carlton yang rapi, terawat, dan sangat bersopan santun sampai-sampai dikira sombong. Sementara anak-anak keluarga Taggerty tampak tidak terurus dan berperilaku liar. Masalahnya, Mr. Carlton ingin anak-anaknya belajar dari keluarga Taggerty, terutama untuk John Carlton, yang dianggapnya harus bermain sebagaimana layaknya anak lelaki keluarga Taggerty. Novelnya lucu! Selain bercerita tentang keributan antara keluarga Carlton dan taggerty yang awalnya sering berselisih, namun ada nilai moral juga yang bisa kita dapat dari membaca novel ini, terutama tentang bertanggungjawab dan kejujuran.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sonja Crosby

    I had this book as a child, and on first reading I didn’t enjoy it because there were no fairies or talking dolls (I was very young). As I grew older, I reread it, and liked it. I was happy to find a copy recently. Those dreadful children go a long way to improve each other, in a realistic manner. The ending is classic Blyton, and caps a great read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Areeshah Haq

    A very good and small book. Any age person can read but better for small kids. if anyone is starting to read books ( new reader ) I will suggest reading it and all the other books in series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Klara

    this was the first book i read in english and i absolutely loved it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    a world book day 're read, to remind me why I love books a world book day 're read, to remind me why I love books

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hilton

    A clever look at two neighboring families, both of which consider the other to have "dreadful children." The children get to know each other, and the situation changes. A clever look at two neighboring families, both of which consider the other to have "dreadful children." The children get to know each other, and the situation changes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amna Kouser

    One of my favourite book of childhood.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This is a good ol' fashioned children's story that shows first impressions aren't always that accurate and you can find good friends in the strangest of places. This is a good ol' fashioned children's story that shows first impressions aren't always that accurate and you can find good friends in the strangest of places.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Ryan

    Yet another Blyton that I return to, again and again. I must have read it first, a good 30 plus years ago, and instantly fell in love with it. I must have read the majority of Blyton books in my younger years (and still do :-D ) and although the Famous Five were excellent for adventures etc, if I had to choose a "family-orientated" Blyton, not really in a series, I would still pick "Those Dreadful Children". I remember constantly reading my very first copy of this book - I can still remember the Yet another Blyton that I return to, again and again. I must have read it first, a good 30 plus years ago, and instantly fell in love with it. I must have read the majority of Blyton books in my younger years (and still do :-D ) and although the Famous Five were excellent for adventures etc, if I had to choose a "family-orientated" Blyton, not really in a series, I would still pick "Those Dreadful Children". I remember constantly reading my very first copy of this book - I can still remember the picture on the front!! - and enjoying it over and over again. Very sadly, the first copy I owned mysteriously disappeared, to this day I don't know what happened to it. I remember scouring charity shops and second-hand shops for another copy - it didn't matter if it wasn't "my old copy", I wanted the book back! Then, about 25 years ago, they started republished Blyton books - still in their original form, not moderised! - and I wrote to the book publishers, explaining how much I loved this book and how my first copy vanished. And they sent me a complimentary copy, obviously which I still have to this day :-D The book is the usual Blyton fare, with two sets of families, the exact opposite of each other. The Carltons, who are well brought up, with young spoiled Annette, Margery and Jack, who's not a "proper boy", preferring the quiet life than full of adventure, with their over-fussy mother and a "Blyton-esque" dad, a all round good egg :-) Then there's the Taggerty's, who run wild - baby Michael, young Biddy, Maureen and Patrick, who's a handful and a half, with their doting mother, a decent father and the "mother's help" Bridget. The two sets of children are more or less forced together when the Taggerty's move to the house behind the Carltons. The two families don't really get along at first but both sets of children pick up each others habits. and are far better for it, with the Carlton children learning how to have fun and to get dirty and the Taggerty's learning manners etc. Obviously, when Mrs Taggerty is badly injured in a collision with a car, everyone pulls together for a very happy ending. I can understand why so many reviewers consider this one of Blyton's best works ... I do too!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Those dreadful children! That's what both groups of children think when they first encounter each other, and rightly so! The Taggerty children are rough, without manners, loud and they don't treat their mother with respect. The Carlton children aren't allowed to play with rough children, or play and get dirty, and spoil their younger sister. Both groups come together and rub the corners off each other, and have fun while doing so. But it takes a great shock for the Taggerty children to learn to Those dreadful children! That's what both groups of children think when they first encounter each other, and rightly so! The Taggerty children are rough, without manners, loud and they don't treat their mother with respect. The Carlton children aren't allowed to play with rough children, or play and get dirty, and spoil their younger sister. Both groups come together and rub the corners off each other, and have fun while doing so. But it takes a great shock for the Taggerty children to learn to respect and love their mother, and for Pat to find out what being a Christian really means. Another excellent, moral filled book from famous children's author, Enid Blyton. I love all her work, although I haven't read this one before it is a really good example of her work and her writing. She knew what made good children, a combination of both the Taggertys and the Carltons.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Baru menyadari, bahwa tulisan-tulisan Enid Blyton kayaknya yang selain Lima Sekawan, pasti ada muatan religi-nya. Anak-Anak Liar adalah buku kedua-nya Enid (selain lima sekawan & Fatty cs) yang baru-baru ini kubaca karena kebetulan yang ada dekat dalam jangkauan. Setelah dunia permainan anak-anak, lalu dimulailah konflik. Mmmmm, agak kayak sinetron jaman sekarang (yang sekarang niru yang dulu, lebih tepatnya, ya?): ada unsur kecelakaan dan orang-orang berubah setelah ada kecelakaan. Lalu masukla Baru menyadari, bahwa tulisan-tulisan Enid Blyton kayaknya yang selain Lima Sekawan, pasti ada muatan religi-nya. Anak-Anak Liar adalah buku kedua-nya Enid (selain lima sekawan & Fatty cs) yang baru-baru ini kubaca karena kebetulan yang ada dekat dalam jangkauan. Setelah dunia permainan anak-anak, lalu dimulailah konflik. Mmmmm, agak kayak sinetron jaman sekarang (yang sekarang niru yang dulu, lebih tepatnya, ya?): ada unsur kecelakaan dan orang-orang berubah setelah ada kecelakaan. Lalu masuklah percakapan mengenai agama & Tuhan, khotbah dan pertobatan. A bit boring at that part. Lalu berkali-kali dipakai kata "Kafir" yang membuatku jadi grrrrhhhhh.... Okay, I think I would go back to Lima Sekawan, Fatty Cs, dll yg tidak harus dimuati dengan pesan-pesan religius.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Lim

    Sometimes reading a favorite book from your childhood means you have to be prepared to receive surprises. One of them is to accept the fact that the book is probably not as wonderful as you thought before. I still loveeee Enid Blyton's books, I'm a big big fan, but I have to admit that this book is a bit too preachy for my taste. I love the friendship theme but the part about being a good Christian is a bit too far. Nevertheless, I still like the crazy adventures of the Charlton and the Taggerty Sometimes reading a favorite book from your childhood means you have to be prepared to receive surprises. One of them is to accept the fact that the book is probably not as wonderful as you thought before. I still loveeee Enid Blyton's books, I'm a big big fan, but I have to admit that this book is a bit too preachy for my taste. I love the friendship theme but the part about being a good Christian is a bit too far. Nevertheless, I still like the crazy adventures of the Charlton and the Taggerty kids!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    One family of well behaved children who never got dirty or played rough, and a new family who moves next door, a family of loud and rough children who are never clean. Both sets of children have several run ins before they get used to one another. Those Dreadful Children is another wonderful Enid Blyton family story. Enid Blyton was great at writing about children interacting with one another in a real life setting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh

    One of Blyton's best, if not the best of her works. All of us have that one book which we never tired of reading over and over in our childhood. This one was mine. A timeless book which is a must-read for children in the 7-12 age group. Adults can enjoy it too. I'm definitely getting a copy if and when I have kids. One of Blyton's best, if not the best of her works. All of us have that one book which we never tired of reading over and over in our childhood. This one was mine. A timeless book which is a must-read for children in the 7-12 age group. Adults can enjoy it too. I'm definitely getting a copy if and when I have kids.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iyut

    cerita tentang dua keluarga yang tinggal bersebelahan.. dengan karakter yang amat berbeda.. sejalan dng waktu mereka jadi tim yang kompak dan saling mendukung. banyak nilai kekeluargaan seperti biasa cerita-cerita karangan Enid Blyton, tak lupa beragam makanan yang bikin ngiler :D

  25. 5 out of 5

    Guguk

    Tipe bacaan anak-anak yang aku suka (^-^) Kocaknya ada, sedihnya ada... dan yang penting ada anjing & kucingnya! Woof! U^皿^U ଲ(ⓛ ω ⓛ)ଲ nyaaw~

  26. 5 out of 5

    Indah W

    Hohoho.. ini dia versi English dari "Anak2 Liar" :D Review-nya baca di "Anak2 Liar" aja yee.. masa gua musti ngulang ngetik yang panjang2 ituu? :p *ada copy paste kalee, wakakakak* Hohoho.. ini dia versi English dari "Anak2 Liar" :D Review-nya baca di "Anak2 Liar" aja yee.. masa gua musti ngulang ngetik yang panjang2 ituu? :p *ada copy paste kalee, wakakakak*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Samuel

    3.75 stars / 5 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Swati Daftuar

    Read this too long ago, don't know why I hadn't rated it yet, because 4 stars and a hug. Read this too long ago, don't know why I hadn't rated it yet, because 4 stars and a hug.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Billie Mole

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shilpa das

  31. 5 out of 5

    A3

  32. 4 out of 5

    Padintha

  33. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  34. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

  35. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  36. 5 out of 5

    Pc_lia

  37. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  38. 5 out of 5

    Iyut

  39. 5 out of 5

    Himath

  40. 5 out of 5

    Kaama

  41. 4 out of 5

    Nadya

  42. 4 out of 5

    Anggraini

  43. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  44. 4 out of 5

    Saurabh

  45. 5 out of 5

    ♥☆~Lakshmi

  46. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  47. 4 out of 5

    Ruben

  48. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  49. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  50. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

  51. 5 out of 5

    Bethanie Furey

  52. 4 out of 5

    DJ

  53. 4 out of 5

    Amrita

  54. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

  55. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

  56. 5 out of 5

    Marize

  57. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  58. 5 out of 5

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