Those Dreadful Children Author:Enid Blyton The book opens with the three Carlton children?-John, who is ten, Margery, eight, and Annette, five?-standing at the bottom of their garden looking over the wall into the next door garden. Mother arrives, answering Margery's question 'Have the Healeys gone?' by saying that the old ladies next door have sold their house and gone to live with a ni... more »ece. Apparently never having thought of this before, Margery asks who is coming to live in the house, and if there will be any children. Why yes, says Mother, there are four children: one is just a baby, but the other three are 'about your ages'. Hurrah!
Thus the scene is set. Impatient to see the Taggertys and explore the garden, John and Margery go over each evening, tut-tutting at the overgrown garden and always being careful to keep their clothes clean. But alas! On the third evening, they are sheltering under a tree from the rain when the Taggerty children?-ten year old Pat, eight year old Maureen and five year old Biddy?-arrive and catch them. How can the rough-and-tumble Taggertys and the prim-and-proper Carltons ever become friends?« less