I did not own a copy of this book when I was a child. I can't imagine why not; I would have loved it. I did, however, buy myself as copy of this book before I had a child, or was even a children's librarian. It's one of those sort of books.
The story was written in the 1950s and takes place in the 1920s, and yet, apart from the feeling of security the children had while walking around their town, this book does not feel especially dated. It is also one of those sort of books.
This book clearly and openly pays homage to E. Nesbit, and I love it all the more for that.