Somehow, I never read this book in my youth -- despite a tremendous fondness for the Disney film based upon it. The book and the film are quite different from one another, which is probably not two surprising."Bed-Knob and Broomstick" is actually two separate but related books that have been combined. In the first one, amateur witch Miss Price takes three children (Paul, Carey and Charles) to a tropical island via a magical bed-knob -- which is, unfortunately, inhabited by cannibals. The local "witch doctor" is impressed with Miss Price's magic and they make their escape.In the second book, the children convince Miss Price to let them take a spin into the past. There, they meet Emelius Jones of London -- in 1666. They end up bringing him into their time to keep him from being executed as a sorceror, and a whole different set of problems ensue.Overall, I found the book quite enjoyable, but I think I liked the movie a wee bit better.