The Night of Wishes: Or the Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion

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It's 5pm on New Year's Eve in the Villa Nightmare, and as Shadow Sorcery Minister Beelzebub Preposteror's thumb-striking clock counts down each hour with an "Ouch!," Minister Preposteror draws closer to missing his midnight deadline for fulfilling his annual quota of evil deeds and being "foreclosed." Up against a tight deadline and threats from His Hellish Excellency, the Minister of Pitch Darkness himself, Preposteror has all but given up when the arrival of an unexpected visitor promises hope: his aunt, the witch Tyrannia Vampirella, who proposes that they work together to brew the Notion Potion, a powerful formula that will grant all their evil wishes.
The Night of Wishes, from The Neverending Story author Michael Ende, anticipates the world of Harry Potter: a world in which magic is not only very real, and wielded by both forces good and evil, but also bureaucratized, with its practitioners fitting into a tightly regulated hierarchical system.

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"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." --Pointer/Kirkus Reviews
"The Night of Wishes is a kind of goofy Paradise Lost for middle-schoolers. You can't get much better than that." --The New York Times Book Review

About the Author:

Michael Ende (1929-1995) was a best-selling German author of children's fiction and fantasy. His works have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into films, plays, and operas. 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 from 1967 to 1974.

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