This book has a completely different feel from the movie. The movie is visual and appealing and told on film as only a good movie could do.
However, the book version comes across in a completely different way. Details are added in, and the telling of the story keeps the tone, but adds a bit more. The story is wonderful and reminds me a lot of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (the line drawings are similar to the style of those as well).
So whether you've seen the movie or not, the book is a great story about kids who learn to work together and solve their own problems, under the scrutiny of Nanny McPhee.
Another very unique feature is Emma Thompson's film diary. Thompson not only stars in the film, but wrote the screenplay, so her notes are from both of those perspectives. Young people (or old ones!) interested in learning more about the film-making process will find this interesting.
The diary entries are interspersed in the text of the story, which might annoy some readers, but I thought the chatty tone of the diary and the story blended well together. Because of this tone, the book would be an excellent story to read aloud.
Content Note: There are some things included in the film diary that definitely seemed to target an older audience, including some mild swear words (d*mn and h*ll), which slightly concerned me and parents of younger children will want to note.
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'An interesting twist on a film novelisation ... wittily written, this gives a delightful insight into the craft of film-making and the accidents (Rhys Ifans breaking a foot playing football) that can hold things up, and will provide lots of trivia-spotting for children who watch it on the big screen ... Nice idea, well done' Daily Mail 'The book has a strong moral message and its gentle humour is perfect for family reading' Family Interest--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.