Tom's Midnight Garden Paperback – 3 Jan 2008
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'This is a rare, moving story, beautifully written, and true in every way that matters.' (The Guardian)
'A timeless favourite' (Good Housekeeping)
'...haunting and lyrical children's story.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'...a story that came to be loved by children, parents and teachers everywhere.' (The Times)
'Masterpiece of English children's literature.' (The Independent)
A timeless classic about Tom's adventures in his secret, midnight garden.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
There is a reason this book is still in print and it's because this book is the best children's book ever written. The fun adventures of the two protagonists provide timeless amusement, the mystery behind how or why Tom seems to travel through time provides suspenseful intrigue and the overarching story of Tom and Hatty's developing friendship and how it helps them cope with their respective difficult childhoods is moving beyond belief. Don't for one second think this is a girls book, boys too will love this story, Tom travels in time and gets up to all sorts of mischief -what's not to love? It is a book that's text heavy with only a few black&white illustrations so best for a confident reader aged 7+ but it works beautifully as a read-aloud story with perhaps a chapter a night before bed so no child need miss-out on this beautiful tale.Read more ›
Every school shelf should be stocked with this classic and every home shelf too.
When the trend for books is to 'gross out' young readers, this story reminds us that there is and always will be space for beautifully written well told enchanting stories.
It is very interesting, and each page makes me want to read more. I read a chapter every night before I sleep. When I lie down then I imagine myself exploring the Midnight Garden. I think other kids would like this book too.
It really is an incredible book and throughly deserves all the accolades that have been heaped upon it. I found the quality of the writing to be taut and extremely controlled, the author knows exactly how to conjure scenes for full impact. One of the best things about this book are the numerous small vignettes and mini adventures in the garden: the bow and arrows; the bible; the geese; the named trees- one really lives the experiences with Tom and Hatty.
The standout moments are at the end of the book. The moonlit ice skating as they journey back on the frozen fen river was so haunting and vivid, the scene will stay with me; the shadowy meeting with Barty and then forwards to the incredibly moving moment when Tom realisies he has been denied the Garden and his wild calling out to the indiferent Hatty. And then, of course the ultimate meeting.
This is just about as good as a story book gets, if the ending doesn't move you somewhere deep inside then I can't imagine what would.
Read this book, you deserve it
The basic premise is that Tom is sent to stay with his aunt and uncle in the little flat while his brother is ill. The sense of being trapped and smothered is palpable, and the aunt who desperatly wants kids and the stuffy uncle who doesn't know what to do with them are both beautifully fleshed out. Before it was divided into flats, the building he's staying in was a huge house. The only remaining artifact from that time is an old-fashioned grandfather clock in the hallway, that always chimes the wrong time. One night, Tom hears it strike thirteen, and when he goes downstairs, seemingly finds himself in the house as it used to be - and most importantly, in its huge, magical garden, where he makes friends with a girl who used to live there.
This was probably the first time-travel novel I read and it's now a genre I love. For me, the best thing about time travel narratives are when they get really mind-bending, and this delivered that to a surprising degree for a book written so long ago and aimed at such a young audience. Because time doesn't run in a linear fashion in the garden. Though his friend is usually the same sort of age as him (ie. about 8 to 10), occasionally she's a toddler, and sometimes, she's a teenager or young woman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great story, enjoyed by me and my 9 year old when we read it together. A mix of make believe, facts and mystery. Such a compassionate endingPublished 2 days ago by Jody
I read this book and heard it on the radio in the 60s when I was a child. Tom is taken to stay with his aunt and uncle when his brother gets the measles. Read morePublished 3 days ago by P. Mccann
Used this to boost pupils ready for hear 6 SATS. Provides pupils with a good understanding of writer interpretation, grammar, spelling and an important issue of imagination.Published 13 days ago by Mrs. J. C. Bodiam
I've read this book to my grandsons, as I remembered reading it as a child, borrowed from our local library. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K2
I was born in the 1950s and knew of T M G ,but had never read it. Now as a teacher, my pupils are studying it and I read it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea Duddridge
How on Earth did this beautiful book pass me by up until now? Out of the thousands of books I've read in my life so far, this one is without doubt in the top five. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryme Intrinseca
this is a great classical book for youngsters - one of the best reads that a child can have with a very interesting storyPublished 2 months ago by Ellie May
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