Mrs. J. Aldridge
While the idea of [The Girl in the Opposite Bed] is a worthy one, the plot is too slight to provoke much interest. Jane's awareness of her faults and consequent improvement to the point of liking the girl in the opposite bed develops so rapidly that it is not altogether credible. Though told in the first person, the narrator is obviously an adult interpreting a child's viewpoint and putting adult ideas into her head so that young readers may well be put off. The moral is pointed rather obviously to the detriment of characterisation. (pp. 184-85)
Mrs. J. Aldridge, "Fiction: 'The Girl in the Opposite Bed'," in Children's Book News (copyright © 1970 by Children's...
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