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The Box of Delights [Kindle Edition]

John Masefield , Quentin Blake
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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‘Two of the greatest children’s books ever written’ – The Times on Box of Delights and The Midnight Folk.

'And now, Master Harker, now that the Wolves are Running, perhaps you could do something to stop their Bite?' A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time. But Kay is in danger: Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. The police don't believe Kay, so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas, he knows he must act alone . . .

John Masefield’s classic children’s book is considered to be one of the great works of modern children’s fiction. Magical, fantastical and filled with vivid, rich characters – brought to life in this edition by Quentin Blake’s stunning artwork – The Box of Delights and its sequel The Midnight Folk are a must-read for any child.

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Richard Mitchley relishes the glorious rhythms of Masefield's prose, essential to a convincing reading of fantasy. --The Times

Children will want to open John Masefield's Box of Delights. Richard Mitchley has a voice that is as rich as plum pudding, perfect for high Edwardian entertainment of this kind. --The Independent on Sunday

These new recordings are, I think, phenomenal. It is all achieved in a virtuoso display and the one actor doing everything enables tight and effective dramatic timing. These recordings will appeal to all and I heartily recommend them. Indeed, listening to The Box of Delights on the train just before Christmas and travelling into work I found myself delighted at delays to my journey. --Masefield Society Journal

About the Author

John Masefield Jonathan Edward Masefield (1878–1967) was an English poet and writer, and Poet Laureate from 1930 until his death. He is remembered as the author of the classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, two novels Captain Margaret and Multitude and Solitude and a great deal of memorable poetry, including "The Everlasting Mercy", and "Sea-Fever", from his anthology Saltwater Ballads.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590172515
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O7DRJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Box of Christmas Kids Adventure! 13 Dec. 2003
You may, like me, have first come accross the Box of Delights when it was dramatised by the BBC in the early 1980s, and shown at Christmas virtually every year that decade! It was through a fit of nostalgia about this that I sought out the book, and I have certainly not been disappointed.
Very simply the main character of the story is entrusted a magical box, which he endeavours to hide from a "gang of crooks" who also have an interest in the dark arts and the powers of the box. Masefield charts the adventures of 12(ish) year old Kay Harker, and those "blessed Joneses" (Kay's words, not mine!) over the four days leading up to Christmas in 1935, setting a good vs evil story against the background of going swift and going small, adventures in prehistory, pagan mythology, cars that turn into aeroplanes, scrobbling, incompetant policemen, snowy landscapes and well stocked larders!
Christmassy, and yet slightly dark, and utterly exciting, I would suggest this story has certainly not aged and I will definately be reading it to my children every Christmas until they too can quote all the words and make a possit as well as I can!
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
The (largely faithful) TV adaptation of this is probably better known than the book, but the latter is more rewarding. The lines between reality and magic are blurred throughout the story, and that's the way John Masefield likes it - he was Poet Laureate, after all, so you expect to be dazzled. It's most definitely a story to be read at Christmas, as the plot takes place the week before the big day.
In places the book shows its age - it was written in the 1920s - and isn't politically correct by today's standards. However, it's very funny, especially Abner Brown's evil monologues, the completely loopy Arnold of Todi and little Maria's constant attempts to shock people. The ending has been described as cliched, but may have been less so at the time it was written.
It's certainly worth reading "The Midnight Folk" (the Box of Delights is actually a sequel) as this helps to explain the origin of the characters such as Abner, the Rat and Caroline Louisa. The books complement each other very well, with one set in summer and the other at Christmas, but with largely the same characters and setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Christmas 7 Dec. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Written by John Masefield (1878-1967), probably better known as a poet, The Box of Delights book follows on from The Midnight Folk.

I bought the DVD, The Box of Delights to watch over Christmas and a reviewer recommended buying the book and reading it beforehand. I'm really glad that I did and I enjoyed both The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights. They are both beautifully written, almost poetic prose.

The Box of Delights was even more enjoyable for me because it is set at Christmas and evoked many childhood memories. There is one section where Masefield describes the the children going to a punch and judy show at the Cathedral where they are given gifts afterwards. The descriptions of the toys took me right back to my childhood.

For me the Box of Delights was a little more enjoyable than The Midnight Folk and gets five stars. The plot was more exciting, the descriptions of Christmas and the snow scenes were magical.

Both of these books are beautifully bound, nice thick pages like you used to get and with lovely illustrations by Quentin Blake. I shall certainly be treasuring them as classics!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Christmas classic - unabridged. 4 Dec. 2008
I have just acquired this book, having grown up with the abridged version. I had never realised how much I was missing! It is wonderful to finally have the complete text, and just in time for Christmas too. Quentin Blake's illustrations are of course very different from Faith Jacques' in my old copy, and less to my taste, but if they bring new readers to this wonderful book, then that is all to the good. Don't forget The Midnight Folk, too, it is just as good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Box of Delights by John Masefield 5 Oct. 2012
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When I ordered this book I was not expecting such a fine copy of one of my most favorite Christmas stories, for the cost of the book it is excellent and I am proud to have it on show among my other books that cost quite a lot more. It is well bound in a lovely designed cover which represents the story well. I have to congratulate the seller and publisher on such a great book.The Box of Delights (Egmont Heritage)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Don't want to spoil for anyone so won't go into plot detail but very atmospheric and you look forward to getting some time to get back to it and finish the story. Some passages are very poetic and found out later that the author also did in fact write poems. His use of words and phrasing at times is beautiful and joyous to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read it again! 5 Jan. 2012
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This is one of the books we had to do for English when I was at school a long, long time ago :-( I ordered another book for my daughter that was a favourite from my childhood and, as I no longer had a copy of this book, I decided to treat myself to a new copy at the same time. I am going to read it very soon and hope that I can introduce my 5 year old daughter to it as soon as I have finished it. We are doing Chronicles of Narnia at the moment so hopefully she will enjoy this book also.
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