The Midnight Folk

Hardcover $16.95

NYR Children’s Collection | Oct 14, 2008 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | Middle Grade (8-12) | ISBN 9781590172902

  • Hardcover$16.95

    NYR Children’s Collection | Oct 14, 2008 | 256 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | Middle Grade (8-12) | ISBN 9781590172902

  • Ebook$16.95

    NYR Children’s Collection | Nov 13, 2013 | Middle Grade (8-12) | ISBN 9781590177853

Praise

In its playful inventiveness and eventfulness, this fantasy is the grandparent of Mary Poppins, of Joan Aiken’s Dido Twite books, and even of Eleanor Farjeon’s short story collections…Names such as Brassy Cop, Pimply Whatto and young Roper Bilges – or Sir Hassle Gassle – can still amuse, even after 80 years, and there are only a few moments when attitudes grate on modern sensibilities. Hilder’s black and white illustrations, from the 1930s, hark back to the era of 19th century boys’ adventure stories. They also give the book added spice." –The Toronto Star


“Mr. Masefield has written the sort of book that grown-up people like to give a child for Christmas, and then enjoy reading for themselves. The Midnight Folk is a story to be read aloud in the traditional Winter fireside setting….The style is imaginative and glamorous…Children will like to hear their elders read the tale.” –The New York Times

“John Masefield’s much-loved 1920s children’s book about a boy who must fight dark magic to uncover his family’s treasure. It won’t be easy, but luckily he has an owl, a fox, a cat and a box of toys to help him on his way.” –The Guardian (London)

“An imaginative and adventurous tale.” –The New York Times

“Masefield the children’s writers is unbeatable… The Midnight Folk is a truly remarkable book.” –Daily Telegraph (London)

A “charming tale…Pirates and buried treasure, smugglers and witches, mermaids and an ancient wrong, all have parts in this story of the small boy who had friends among the animals, and lived a life of adventure when he was supposed to be asleep.” –The Bookman

“There is a little boy for hero, there are witches, a good deal of excellent magic, a hidden treasure, and a profusion of talking animals and toys come to life…It may be added that anyone who has, in infancy, greatly disliked his governess will derive a special gratification from The Midnight Folk.” –The Living Age (London)

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