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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; Reprint edition (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405210125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405210126
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Quentin Blake's first drawings were published in Punch when he was 16. He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and, most famously, Roald Dahl. He has also created much-loved characters of his own. Quentin Blake’s books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and in 2004 he was awarded the 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres'. Now in his 70s he is recognised as 'a national institution'. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate.


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2004
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The Midnight Folk is a magical tale childhood, adventure and loyalty. It is filled with dark woods and shimmering seas, with smugglers, treasure and evil witches.
Kay Harker lives with his governess in Seekings, a large house which belonged to his dead parents. He discovers that all is not well in the house and its strange community of talking animals and magical helpers. But it is not until he learns that the governess herself is a leader in a sinister coven of witches and wizards that he begins to realise the danger to his friends and to himself. He is catapulted into a series of nighttime adventures searching for the treasure that his grandfather lost.
This book, which is also a perfectly observed picture of childhood - alone without loneliness - is the predecessor of the more widely known Box of Delights.
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Having loved this story for sixty years, and introduced generations of children to it (I was a primary-school teacher) this, for me, remains the most truly magical ever. Masefield was both great poet and master story-teller and both these gifts, together with crystal-clear memories of his own solitary and imaginative childhood in a beautiful countryside, combine to create a book which can be read again and again. It is also a masterpiece of construction, in which the various strands and sub-plots of the tale are deftly handled and interwoven by a supreme literary craftsman. The characters, animal and human, are unforgettable. I particularly like Miss Susan Pricker (Or Piney Trigger, as she insists on being called), Mr. Rollicum Bitem Lightfoot the fox, and Rat the cellarman - and of course Nibbins, "who is the nicest cat there is".

The word "wholesome" is very much out of favour these days, but it is the mot juste for "The Midnight Folk" - after "magical".

(Yes, the sequel "The Box of Delights" is almost as good, but has always been ruined for me by its last paragraph
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. rs carol Johnson on 24 Mar. 2014
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Every child should read this author's books. Delightful stories which are well written - exciting and imaginative with good vocabulary and grammar!
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By dusty on 9 Jan. 2013
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i actually bought it for my great niece but thought i would read it first. I did read it as a child but it was lovely to read i
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