Poor luckless Tooley longs for some help from the Friendly Folk, so when an odd little man shows up, Tooley is delighted. But Hooks worsens Tooley's bad luck. It's up to Tooley's wise cat to get rid of Hooks by summoning the dreaded House Gobbaleen! Diane Goode's warm paintings bring to life a story that is quintessential Lloyd Alexander. "A delightful treat from beginning to end." School Library Journal, starred review
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Lloyd Alexander is perhaps best known for his Chronicles of Prydain. However, he has written many other books, including some works for younger children. In this one, a man named Tooley is unhappy over what he considers his bad luck, so he ignores his cat's warnings and invites a greedy little man named Hooks into his home, in the mistaken belief that he is one of the "Friendly Folk" who supposedly bring good luck. But Hooks worsens Tooley's bad luck. So it's up to Tooley's wise cat to get rid of Hooks- by summoning the dreaded House Gobbaleen. Alexander is a masterful story teller, and we have found all of his books worth reading, although I was disappointed that he endorsed a rather vulgar and vile take-off on L. Frank Baum's delightful Wizard of Oz stories entitled Wicked by Gregory Maguire, which purports to explain why the Wicked Witch of the West became wicked. However, there is nothing objectionable about The House Gobbaleen.