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Ective from the terrors of tigers under the bed to the horrors of declining a Latin adjective Yet there is also plenty of humour that adults will appreciate from Miss Piney Trigger who swigs champagne in bed and prides herself on having backed a host of Derby winners to Kay’s lessons ‘Divinity was easy as it was about Noah’s Ark French was fairly easy as it was about the cats of the daughter of the gardener’ This mingling of past and present reality and fantasy has made this one of the most rewarding and influential children’s books ever writte Absolute classic I place this and its seuel The Box of Delights right beside The Chronicles of Narnia and The Children of Green Knowe series The imagination at work here is that of a genius storyteller The imagery the prose and the phrasing create an unforgettable adventure story full of magic and fantasy and lost treasure There are witches and talking animals and toys that come to life I guess you can tell that I thoroughly enjoyed this Diary of the Fall easy as it was about Noah’s Ark French was fairly The Brides of Rollrock Island easy as it was about the cats of the daughter of the gardener’ This mingling of past and present reality and fantasy has made this one of the most rewarding and influential children’s books The Daughter of Time ever writte Absolute classic I place this and its seuel The Box of Delights right beside The Chronicles of Narnia and The Children of Green Knowe series The imagination at work here is that of a genius storyteller The imagery the prose and the phrasing create an unforgettable adventure story full of magic and fantasy and lost treasure There are witches and talking animals and toys that come to life I guess you can tell that I thoroughly The World of Rafael Salas enjoyed this

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The Midnight Folk

‘Don’t you have any fear Kay We’re the guards we are We hear that the house has gone all to sixes and sevens since we left it but that’s going to be remedied now’Young Kay Harker lives in an old house in the country filled with portraits of his ancestors His only companions are his unpleasant guardian Sir Theopompus and his governess Sylvia Daisy Pouncer who Kay suspects has stolen all his toys Life is lonely and dull until one night Kay’s great grandpapa Harker a sea captain steps out of his portrait to tell him about a stolen treasure that Funny little cat takes funny little boy on all sorts of funny adventures This is a funny dream of book And this is a funny dreamy cat named Digsy She doesn't look very dreamy there But I promise you that she's spends most of her life dreamingOK THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCEThis book has a great cat character named Nibbins a little black cat who reminded me of my own Nibbins introduces our protagonist Kay to adventures that begin at the stroke of midnight The book features a huge manor house with many secret places flying invisibility ghosts visiting the lively world undersea my favorite part a great fox character two villainous cats named Blackmalkin Greymalkin and Blackmalkin is really the worst such a suck up a profane and delightful old lady who shouldn't drink so much champagne while boasting about her hoodwinkin' piratin' past doing all sorts of unseemly things Most of all it is about a treasure hunt And also righting some old wrongs and outwitting some dastardly witches wizardsMasefield doesn't put any distance between Kay his surreal adventures and the reader They just happen don't uestion it Don't overthink it either channel your Inner Rich Orphan and indulge in some dream logic There aren't even any chapters to break it all up so when you're in you're inThe prose for this middle grade book is surprisingly sophisticated the humor rather sneaky and the dialogue ironic and strange I loved it But I wonder if many middle graders would actually love it The Pallisers either channel your Inner Rich Orphan and indulge in some dream logic There aren't Guide de la Zarzuela even any chapters to break it all up so when you're in you're inThe prose for this middle grade book is surprisingly sophisticated the humor rather sneaky and the dialogue ironic and strange I loved it But I wonder if many middle graders would actually love it

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Belongs to Kay’s family The evil Abner Brown is searching for it too but Kay is helped by the midnight folk creatures like Nibbins the cat and Rollicum Bitem Lightfoot the fox and even his lost toys who will join him on his dangerous uestThe Midnight Folk is a feast of imaginative story telling a glorious cornucopia of pirates and witches lost treasure and talking animals Although it was published in 1927 it evokes an older world houses are lit by oil lamps and travel is by horse carriage – or broomstick Masefield perfectly captures a child’s persp I'm being a little silly in characterizing this book as magical realism but it does seem to fit it best Like Alice in Wonderland it depicts fluid physical laws Unlike Alice it draws no really meaningful lines between the world where the rules apply and that where they do not The magical happenings that befall Kay Harker partake both of the logic of the dream world and the concerns of the waking oneKay is a young boy living in his familial country house but overseen by unrelated and seemingly uncaring adults He begins to find out the world is stranger than he had thought when he begins to dig into the mystery surrounding his great grandfather a sea captain who lost or stole a great treasure The other characters include cats Blackmalkin and Graymalkin otters foxes witches Janet Evanovich Three to Six Four-Book Set (Stephanie Plum, evil Abner Brown is searching for it too but Kay is helped by the midnight folk creatures like Nibbins the cat and Rollicum Bitem Lightfoot the fox and Reading for Pleasure even his lost toys who will join him on his dangerous uestThe Midnight Folk is a feast of imaginative story telling a glorious cornucopia of pirates and witches lost treasure and talking animals Although it was published in 1927 it The Pallisers evokes an older world houses are lit by oil lamps and travel is by horse carriage – or broomstick Masefield perfectly captures a child’s persp I'm being a little silly in characterizing this book as magical realism but it does seem to fit it best Like Alice in Wonderland it depicts fluid physical laws Unlike Alice it draws no really meaningful lines between the world where the rules apply and that where they do not The magical happenings that befall Kay Harker partake both of the logic of the dream world and the concerns of the waking oneKay is a young boy living in his familial country house but overseen by unrelated and seemingly uncaring adults He begins to find out the world is stranger than he had thought when he begins to dig into the mystery surrounding his great grandfather a sea captain who lost or stole a great treasure The other characters include cats Blackmalkin and Graymalkin otters foxes witches


10 thoughts on “The Midnight Folk

  1. says:

    This was one of my favourite books when I was a child It was creepy and real I suspected Parents may deny it but things are different in the dark and the goings on at midnight in the book might be real only a child knows for certain and only in the darkIt's kind of the antithesis of Disney Dark with horror and fear Parents themselves grown up on than a spoonful of sugar themselves love the cheeky chappies and happy sparkly endings of Disney with all the bosom y almost pre teen princesses But children really love that little shiver of fear that a book with supernatural horror and terrors engenders Perfect reading for a winter's night tucked up with a child snuggling deeper under the covers Perfect rereading for an adult who will get the sly little jokes about gambling and drinking that Masefield slipped in Yes two reasons your Disneyfied child shouldn't read this bookRead 1193ish review rewritten 1442015


  2. says:

    Funny little cat takes funny little boy on all sorts of funny adventures This is a funny dream of book And this is a funny dreamy cat named Digsy She doesn't look very dreamy there But I promise you that she's spends most of her life dreamingOK THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCEThis book has a great cat character named Nibbins a little black cat who reminded me of my own Nibbins introduces our protagonist Kay to adventures that begin at the stroke of midnight The book features a huge manor house with many secret places flying invisibility ghosts visiting the lively world undersea my favorite part a great fox character two villainous cats named Blackmalkin Greymalkin and Blackmalkin is really the worst such a suck up a profane and delightful old lady who shouldn't drink so much champagne while boasting about her hoodwinkin' piratin' past doing all sorts of unseemly things Most of all it is about a treasure hunt And also righting some old wrongs and outwitting some dastardly witches wizardsMasefield doesn't put any distance between Kay his surreal adventures and the reader They just happen don't uestion it Don't overthink it either channel your Inner Rich Orphan and indulge in some dream logic There aren't even any chapters to break it all up so when you're in you're inThe prose for this middle grade book is surprisingly sophisticated the humor rather sneaky and the dialogue ironic and strange I loved it But I wonder if many middle graders would actually love it


  3. says:

    A really great childrens book I can see that some readers might find this inaccessible It's a book that reuires attention to be paid and some parts of conversation just like the box of delights could be fairly described as going on a bit But if you persevere you are rewarded with a very special and important story I am in no doubt this story had lots that inspired JKRowling and if anyone has read both this and the voyage of the dawn treador they will know that inspiration is far too polite a way of putting it but vast chunks of the storyline have been taken and used by CSLewis in places it feels almost word for word This story has all the ingredients of the perfect childrens book cats that can speak animal costumes that you can slip on and become the animal secret passages codes witches paintings that come alive buried treasure evil guardians mermaids pirates talking otters and foxes and toys that are alive and can come to your aid We loved the characters of Nibbins and Bitem If you're reading this book aloud it will be fun doing all the different characters voices although I found Nibbin's voice hurt after a while high pitched cattish voice Beautiful illustrations too


  4. says:

    An amazing dream of a book that unfolds with surreal logic as cats talk witches fly foxes plot against gamekeepers model ships sail away with a water rat captains and a hundred other odd and wonderful things while Kay tries to discover the fate of his great grandfather's lost treasure The voices and the language are as magical as the various miraculous and mysterious occurrences It utterly refuses to make any sense of things or offer explanations or justifications It's pretty much its own justification that's what


  5. says:

    Published first in the 1920s The Midnight Folk is a middle grade book and the first in the Kay Harker series featuring Kay who is on a mission to locate the missing treasure left behind by his great grandfather and to stop the bad characters from finding it first It is magical esue at times and as one reviewer has already written here on goodreads it is reminiscent of another popular children's classic called Alice In Wonderland I liked the fantasy and talking animals side of the story just not the slow pacing or parts of the writing style I think Masefield's poetry would suit me better personally as a reader to his works


  6. says:

    I'm being a little silly in characterizing this book as magical realism but it does seem to fit it best Like Alice in Wonderland it depicts fluid physical laws Unlike Alice it draws no really meaningful lines between the world where the rules apply and that where they do not The magical happenings that befall Kay Harker partake both of the logic of the dream world and the concerns of the waking oneKay is a young boy living in his familial country house but overseen by unrelated and seemingly uncaring adults He begins to find out the world is stranger than he had thought when he begins to dig into the mystery surrounding his great grandfather a sea captain who lost or stole a great treasure The other characters include cats Blackmalkin and Graymalkin otters foxes witches


  7. says:

    What a frustrating muddle of a book I picked it up with the excited interest of one reared on the lauded BBC adaptation of 'The Box of Delights' and many of the same elements are here magical journeys and dips into the past a gang of villains and talking animals a dreamlike fantasy woven into a uaint world of governesses and gamekeepers What it doesn't have is any hint of a structure in fact Masefield takes his cue from the dreamlike feel of the episodes and gives us an exhausting stream of consciousness eschewing chapter headings and running one event into another introducing ideas and characters as they occur to him then dropping them as uickly We're vaguely on the uest of some buried treasure but such clues as young Kay Harker stumbles upon are both repetitive and inconsistent and somewhere along the line Masefield must have got bored of that treasure because a man comes along that's right just 'a man' and casually mentions to young Kay there's another load of treasure knocking about in the vicinity and maybe he'd like to have a go at finding that? It's as if he's making it up as he's going alongDon't expect Kay to act on any of the information he gathers with any urgency either because he has schoolwork to attend to and won't he just catch it if he's not back in time for breakfast Two of his friends are trapped in a cave but oh dear it's nearly sunrise you'd better be off home Oh and don't hold your breath about Kay playing any part in the happy denouement either when a deus ex machina will do the job just as wellI know 'The Box of Delights' is eually bonkers and arguably just as much a series of episodes strung together but surely it has of a sense of plot? I haven't read it perhaps the BBC adaptation is of a rescue job that it is given credit for I can see the potential for adaptation in this one with its imaginative and visual sensibility and many a vivid character to enjoy though the fact that several of them speak with an idiom as incoherent as the overall storyline doesn't help What I can't imagine is reading this to a child less still a child reading it for themselvesI notice that 'The Box of Delights' has chapter headings which is something to look forward to at least But when I eventually summon enough patience to embark on reading it it will be with a great deal of trepidation


  8. says:

    I remember my mum reading some of this to me when I was about 8 or 9 and being mightily confused and not overly impressed I presume I finished reading it for myself being an insatiable bookworm who kept a torch under the pillow for emergency reading sessions Having sampled the delights of E Nesbit and CSLewis who wrote so beautifully for children I am afraid I found Masefield's prose very contrived and convoluted Mum however being a great fan of the Laureate's poetry followed this up with The Box Of Delights which I found almost as impenetrable until the delightful BBC serialisation came out in time to entrance my own children I therefore reserved my judgement and continued to honour my old puffin paperback with a place on my bookshelves until it literally fell apart Re reading The Midnight Folk on kindle as an adult I was finally able to decode the arcane references to the classics and Latin grammar early on in the story but still feel I am somehow missing the point The weird dislocations of the story which constantly jumps between reality dreamworld nightmare magic past and present etc just don't make sense to me any now than as a child I mean to say I can follow them But I don't like the confusing jumble Of course that is the whole point of magicit doesn't make sense and transcends the real world but personally I prefer structure and less confusion in my stories Many times Masefield tells the reader through Kay Oh it must have been a dream To account for the confusion But then after all it's not a dream Ok I was never that keen on Alice either as a child However the way in which Kay is suddenly able to be transformed into a being who can swim with the otters fly with the bats listen in on foxes conversations etc is genuinely delightful and I can see how this story will have inspired many other authors In today's world where everything shared publically with children must be subjected to the PC censorship rules one might think twice or thrice about sharing Masefield's extra ordinary tale at all in which a presumably benevolent dictator is suddenly invoked and rewarded at the end of the story with a great treasure trove though Kay is arguably an abused child living parentless under the awful tyranny of a governess who turns out to be a witch So that's ok then


  9. says:

    Absolute classic I place this and its seuel The Box of Delights right beside The Chronicles of Narnia and The Children of Green Knowe series The imagination at work here is that of a genius storyteller The imagery the prose and the phrasing create an unforgettable adventure story full of magic and fantasy and lost treasure There are witches and talking animals and toys that come to life I guess you can tell that I thoroughly enjoyed this


  10. says:

    With the annual rewatch of The Box of Delights tomorrow it was time to get around to Kay Harker's earlier adventures Though I've seen the BBC adaptation plenty of times I don't think I ever read either of Masefield's books when young and though this is charming I'm glad the BBC version of the Box stands alone For if Kay has already had all these adventures these tangles with Abner Brown and Pouncer then the Box itself comes to seem a little less wonderful less of a numinous intrusion into the everyday world The dream logic here too feels less convincing because easier? than that enacted on screen through the miracles of eighties special effects