The first of two classic titles in children's literature. A boy named Kay Harker discovers that his governess is the queen witch of a seven-witch coven, part of a circle of evil in search of the long-lost Santa Barbara treasure. Kay is determined to find the treasure himself. With the help of the Midnight Folk, including Nibbins the Cat and Bitem the Fox, his investigations lead him into a marvellous and magical adventure.
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Yes I would because the written version of this is quite hard-going despite the charm and wonderful language. It is old fashioned and quite wordy with no chapters breaks. When you hear the words spoken aloud you can take delight in the beautiful language and evocative words which you can get bogged down with when attempting to read the book.
This book is a pre-runner to the far more well-known and beloved 'Box of Delights'. I enjoyed this book just as much as Box of Delights and would urge anyone who loved the sequel to invest in 'The Midnight Folk' - you won't be disappointed. It is a gem and shares the same hero - a slightly younger Kay Harker.
I adored Richard Mitchley's performance, the variety of characters were all brought fully to life from the dreaded Sylvia Daisy Pouncer to the rollicking Bitem. The accents and mannerisms were great fun.
This book evokes an old-world charm with governesses, talking portraits, hidden treasure and wicked villains. It is a very engaging and enjoyable adventure with some wonderful characters. I was very sorry when it finished as I enjoyed it so much. Magical.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. I adored it.
A good old fashioned tale I remember from my childhood. Full of adventure, magic and suspense. Beautifully produced and read!
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