Stopping for a Spell is a collection of three short novellas geared towards younger readers. The first, written in 1975, was published in a British children's periodical. The other two were published in 1980 and 1989. All three are closer to slapstick than any others of Diana Wynne Jones' comedic works; all have a thread of unexpected, basically inexplicable magical events that come out of nowhere and place one or more children in a family in the position of fixing something that's gone horribly, horribly wrong. All feature adults who are at best the epitome of British stoicism and niceness, and at worst bossy, inconsiderate, and self-centered.