The Midnight Hour

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wacky, fun, and imaginative.

Emily lives a normal boring life, which includes getting into major arguments with her embarrassing mother. When her mother leaves on an errand and doesn’t come back, and then her father doesn’t return from trying to find her mom, Emily finds her way into a wacky magical world full of monsters and dangers, and it’s up to her to find her lost parents and to stop a powerful villain.

Emily is a great spunky character with a big mouth that often runs away from her. It was a lot of fun to read this book from her perspective.

The magical world was a mix of magic, monsters, and the Victorian era. The characters and plot were interesting and weird, but in a funny way that made this book a refreshingly unique read. This reminded me a bit of Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal, with this book’s odd & magical postal system & wacky sense of humor. If you’re looking for a children’s book with magic & humor with nice (and mean) monsters, or just a good fun book, give this one a try.

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