The Midnight Folk

The Midnight Folk

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This is a new edition of a classic text - with stunning illustrations from a much-loved illustrator.'You ought to know about the treasure, Kay...for until it is restored or traced, no man of our name ought to rest.'Determined to recover the long-lost family treasure, Kay finds himself in a race against the evil Abner Brown.Abner has his witch friends and his dark magic to help him, but Kay has the very special Midnight Folk.In a breathtaking, magical quest, which side will find the treasure first?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 381.02g
  • Egmont UK Ltd
  • Egmont Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colour illustrations
  • 1405232544
  • 9781405232548
  • 290,975

About John Masefield

John 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. His 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.show more

Our customer reviews

I simply cannot understand why "The Midnight Folk" isn't better known. It is much more engaging than Masefield's celebrated "Box of Delights". It has everything: magic, suspense, a secret life that takes place while the everyday life sleeps, wonderful character portrayals (people and animals), a delightfully wicked witch, an adventurous child, animals who talk, lost treasure and pirates, and an engaging narratorial style. Wonderful dialogue as well. Since I first read this book (when I was ten), I have re-read it every year or so. Before the internet, I lost my only copy and spent three years trawling through second-hand bookshops to find another. (Sadly, it was out of print.) I finally found one in a shop in the country and western capital of Australia, Tamworth, a surprising place! If you love classic children's novels and ripping yarns spiced with magic, please do yourself a favour and buy "The Midnight Folk". Better still, buy two so that if you lend one and it doesn't come back, you'll always have your own.show more
by Fiona Sweet Formiatti
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