I put this right when it was my turn at parenthood and all my four offspring were subjected to an almost daily dose. They like so many children's books transcend the age gap.
Chapter one (of 12) of Book one (of 29) starts;
It all began with William’s aunt, who was in a good temper that morning, and gave him a shilling….
Sadly these wonderful tales do not adapt well to television and the various attempts at it never took off as they should. Few children will get to know the William stories unless they are lucky enough to listen to the sound recordings of Martin Jarvis reading them, or even better an Aunt perhaps, so often useful for such purposes!