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The Night of Wishes


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A thrilling tale of sorcery and suspense by the best-selling author of The Neverending Story and Momo.

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Michael Ende (1929-1995) was a German author of children's fiction and fantasy. His works have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into films, plays, and operas. He was one of the most successful German writers in the post-war period, selling over twenty million books. Ende is best known for the epic The Neverending Story, as well as Jim Button, Momo, and The Night of Wishes. Regina Kehn is an illustrator of children's books and is based in Hamburg, Germany. She has illustrated the works of Michael Ende, Daniil Kharms, Cornelia Funke, Otfried Preussler, and Franz Kafka, among others. Heike Schwarzbauer and Rick Takvorian are translators of German literature.


"Good confronts evil in a comic adventure spiced with rambunctious wordplay and deepened by allusions to the world's real afflictions. Clever and highly imaginative." -Kirkus Reviews

"A potent dose of comic fantasy, bubbling over with clever wordplay and slapstick incidents, and spiked with verse." -Publishers Weekly

"Envy the parents who get to read it aloud at bedtime, facing the challenge of voicing larger-than-life characters...Ende revels in zany details and little asides. The tone of amused horror is well sustained in this playful translation...Amid the gags comes meaning, particularly when a cat arrives at a new understanding of his life, and when we witness the destruction of nature. It all ends in an operatic aria. And why not? Michael Ende also likes to keep his readers thinking." -Eileen Battersby, TLS

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