The five children are Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother. But what is 'it'? It is the Sand-fairy known as the Psammead, and it lives in the gravel pits where purple and yellow wildflowers grow. It is furry and fat with hands like a monkey's - and has the power to grant wishes. The children discover that wishmaking is fun at first, but sometimes, when wishes come true, fun can soon turn into trouble...This edition features a behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more, plus an introduction by reknowned children's illustrator Quentin Blake.