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The Midnight Folk

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. 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

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‘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. 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 anima

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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. 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


About the Author: John Masefield

Masefield was born in Ledbury a rural area in England to George Masefield a solicitor and Caroline His mother died giving birth to his sister when Masefield was only 6 and he went to live with his aunt His father died soon after After an unhappy education at the King's School in Warwick now known as Warwick School where he was a boarder between 1888 and 1891 he left to board the HMS Conwa



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 sp

  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 adventu

  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 voy

  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

  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

  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 Wonder

  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

  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 how

  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 see

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