The Midnight Folk Paperback – 28 Jun 2012
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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. 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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The Pouncer Seven are after treasure lost many, many years ago and will stop at nothing to recover it including using dark magic. Kay and his friends have to stop The Pouncer Seven from finding the treasure and then return it to its rightful owner.
This is a truly delightful book written by the then Poet Laureate of the time, John Masefield. It is not scary in the actual sense of the word more of an adventure that many a little boy or girl would love to have been involved in,
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.
And yet, this cornucopia still casts its spell. There are some truly beautiful passages of writing and some funny ones, too. My nine-year-old, who I read it to (I think he'd have given up on his own) seemed less bothered than I if we lost the plot or forgot if a certain character was a (human) smuggler or a toy horse. Like an illogical but vivid dream, "The Midnight Folk" is a story where you have to relinquish control and let yourself be carried away on its magic.
I bought it purely because I got the dvd Box of Delights to watch over Christmas and one of the reviewers recommended reading the books beforehand.
I'm so glad that I did! They are beautifully written. As mentioned in another review, The Midnight Folk doesn't have chapters. I thought this would bother me, but it didn't and it does have paragraph breaks anyway. The beauty of this book for me was not the plot so much as the journey. It captures childhood and the magical world of invention that kids can escape into. John Masefield had quite a tragic childhood; his mother died giving birth to his sister when John was aged six, then his father had a mental breakdown and died soon after. It makes sense that he escaped into a world of his own, developed a love of reading and then created these magical books and many poems.
I enjoyed it so much I read the book Box of Delights, but that is another story ....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book from John Masefield loved this and The Box of Delights as a child and was pleased to get this again to re-read as an adult. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Chopsy
Very much the predecessor of The Box of Delights, and for much younger children..Published 4 months ago by Frankenstein
A great example of early fantasy fiction for children & beautifully written as are all Masefield's stories.Published 5 months ago by iolanthe
I loved the Box of Delights as a kid but never read this. I recently bought both to read to my kids. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Overscan
My favourite childrens book, didn't realise it was still in printPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just love John Mansfield have shared this
With grandchildren as holiday bedtime
Reading ,well written beautiful language
Very much enjoyed
One of those Glorious reads the prequel to The Box of Delights another Glorious read. Everything to beguile the minds of children all ages And I hasten to add Grown up Children... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fm Oshea