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Rambling and mysterious like an old country house,
This review is from: The Midnight Folk (Paperback)
For anyone who's used to modern, dare I say it, formulaic writing for children with tightly paced plots, snappy dialogue and no whiff of being overwritten, "The Midnight Folk" will come as a shock. The story rambles along with no chapter breaks. The huge cast of characters includes humans, magical beings, characters from mythology, animals and toys that may be human or animal. Many of the characters go under several names and three characters share a single name! The past, present, day and night, waking and dreaming mingle with each other. Many characters break into song, seemingly, just for the sake of it.
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.