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Hob and the Goblins

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Hob, the friendly spirit who lives under the stairs and protects the house, must do battle with a variety of evil beings trying to take control of his family's home.

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Overview

Hob, the friendly spirit who lives under the stairs and protects the house, must do battle with a variety of evil beings trying to take control of his family's home.

Hob, the friendly spirit who lives under the stairs and protects the house, must do battle with a variety of evil beings trying to take control of his family's home.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Appearing in his first full-length novel, Hob, the benevolent house ghost who has previously appeared in the British author's picture books, here adopts a family moving into an old country house. Unbeknownst to Mr. and Mrs. Grimes, their new home, known as Fairy Ring Cottage, contains ``a door to the goblin country.'' The children, Tom and Meg, can see Hob, and they also sense danger before their parents do. But, after a terrifying climax which chaotically and violently combines a goblin king and his goblin followers, a band of dwarves, a witch, a possessed bus and a stolen pot of magical gold, Mr. Grimes, too, recognizes the presence-as well as the benefits-of their whimsical, worry-wart and interestingly maternal house spirit. Each of the characters is fully believable, including the supernatural Hob (who, disarmingly, refers to himself in the third person: ``That's what we want most.... A bit of normal: family round the fire, Hob in the hearth''). Mayne is remarkably deft at opening up a fantasy realm to readers of all ages through his playful prose, which twists and stretches to create sly humor, earnest sympathy and, at times, genuine darkness. Ages 8-11. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Hob is a household sprite; he lives in a cutch under the stairs and takes care of problems such as TreadWorm, PlasterCrack and LarderMold. But now that he has moved with the Grimes family to Fairy Ring Cottage, he will have a much tougher assignment-for soon the Goblin King will emerge to avenge the theft of his pot of gold. The children can see Hob, and Alice gives him cups of tea, but Charlie isn't sure he exists. When the final battle comes, they are all glad to have Hob on their side. Readers will want to sleep with the light on as the suspense builds in parallel with the thrumming sound behind the cottage walls. Messenger has invented an alphabet of cats, witches and bats for the chapter headings, which enhances the eerie atmosphere.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Hob, a helpful house spirit, moves into a new family's enchanted cottage and must confront an army of goblins. A spellbinding fantasy with sparkling language that makes the existence of fairies and witches seem perfectly natural. (Nov. 1994)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This well-written fantasy expands the adventures of Mayne's home-loving hero, Hob. The swift-moving and original plot sweeps readers into a magical world of goblins, gremlins, witches, and dwarfs, in which a classic confrontation between good and evil comes to a comically surprising ending. This time around, Hob moves in with the Grimes family: father, mother, sister, brother, and baby. Attempting to make a spooky old cottage cozy, the Grimeses are largely unaware of the evil forces that surround them. Hob, whose usual task is to combat everyday problems such as ``floorshiver'' or ``plastercrack,'' is daunted at the prospect of standing up to the local witch, a horde of goblins, and the monstrous goblin king. However, he manages to acquire the necessary swords from the dwarfs and, along with the children, defends the family and their home. Previous acquaintance with Hob is not necessary to enjoy this title, but familiarity with folktale conventions and a somewhat sophisticated ear for language will help young listeners to follow the story. Mayne's writing style is deceptively simple, presenting a complex, fanciful world in a matter-of-fact manner. His quiet humor enhances the book's appeal, as do the cleverly illustrated initials at the start of each chapter. A perfect choice for readers with a taste for classic fantasy.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Carolyn Phelan
Hob, a friendly, usually invisible English household spirit who was the subject of several picture books, now appears in a novel for older readers. When the family h protects moves from London to Fairy Ring Cottage, a bedeviled house in the country, Hob must do what he can to rescue them from the evil forces there. His task is made more difficult by the parents' determined blindness to the magical creatures around them. Mayne's way with words is as remarkable as ever, and Hob is certainly convincing, but children old enough to read the book may find Hob less appealing as a main character than the picture-book audience did. A handsomely designed book, recommended mainly for large libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564587138
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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