illustrated by Edward Ardizzone 2005
She's described as rather ugly with a nose like two potatoes and a big front tooth that sticks out like a "tombstone". But she endears herself to the children, and each time they learn a lesson it seems like she is less unattractive and has a beautiful golden glow. And of course, the deal she has with the family is that "When you didn't need me- but you did want me: then I must leave you."
Full of funny British humor and the amusing hijinks of naughty children (which Charlotte always finds amusing!), this was a great read. I particularly love how the Brown parents are never convinced that their children are truly naughty.
Mrs. Brown was very sweet, but she really was rather foolish about her darling children and never believed that they could possibly be naughty.
Even though they were doing things like:
Francesca had filled the Tiny Baby's bottle with baby-food and was feeding the dogs with it.
Antony was filling up the nursery ink-wells with runny red jam.
Nicolas had collected all the Little Ones' dolls and was lining them up for execution.
Sophie was shampooing Henrietta's hair with glue.
All the other children were doing simply dreadful things too.