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The Night of Wishes

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,974 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The sorcerer Beelzebub Preposteror and his witchy aunt must complete their annual quota of evil deeds before midnight. But a small cat and a raven are waiting to foil their plans and save the world.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 17th 1995 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1989)
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The Neverending Story by Michael EndeHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. RowlingPippi Longstocking by Astrid LindgrenLe petit Nicolas by René GoscinnyThe Witches by Roald Dahl
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25th out of 51 books — 23 voters
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Roberta
Lo rileggo quasi ogni capodanno da quando mi è stato regalato (il 1990?) ed è sempre una bellissima favola.
Un povero gatto e un corvo malandato salvano il mondo dalla malvagità di due maghi con l'aiuto di San Silvestro. L'umanità, ovviamente, è ignara di tutto.

Per certi versi è una fiaba ecologista e sono sempre piacevolmente sorpresa da come il tema del rispetto della natura sia trattato con semplicità. I cattivi di turno devono darsi da fare per completare l'annuale quantità di danni promessa
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Elena Delos (EscribadeAvalon)
¡El final es muy gracioso! es todo lo que puedo decir jajajaja es un ponche muy poderoso.
Biene
So fantasievoll und großartig... Ich bin einfach nur begeistert :)
Duesterwald-Online
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Wir befinden uns in der Villa Alptraum des Geheimen Zauberrats Beelzebub Irrwitzer. Dieser hat einen Vertrag mit dem Teufel und daher ungeheure Zauberkräfte. Doch für diese Zauberkräfte hätte er auch eine Abmachung erfüllen müssen, was ihm nicht gelungen ist. Daher taucht nun am Silvesterabend Maledictus Made, ein Abgesandter des Herrn Ministers der Äußeren Finsternis selbst auf. Irrwitzer bekommt einen Aufschub bis Jahreswechsel, sonst müsse er gepfändet werden. Hilfe bekommt er von sein
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Gian Piero
I got this book for Christmas as a kid and I loved it, so the emotional factor makes it four stars instead of three. What can I say? It's no Neverending Story. It's no Momo. But it's a heartwarming story nonetheless. Two villains are lagging behind their evil quotas, and it's not a good thing to default when hell is your creditor. It's up to a cat and a crow to thwart their schemes on New Years' Eve. A great book to put under a kid's tree for Christmas and hook them into reading.
Leah
May 15, 2015 Leah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kinder ab 10 Jahren
Stimmungsvolle und lustige Silvesterlektüre

"Der (...Ich lasse das lange Kofferwort nun aus) Wunschpunsch" hat mir aus dem Grund so gut gefallen, dass ich an diversen Stellen lachen musste. Der Humor ist teilweise "böse" und sehr satirisch (Anspielungen auf die Droge LSD oder Marcel Reich-Ranicki als "Buchnörgele"), mit zahlreichen Anspielungen auf die Hexenverbrennung oder Geldgier. Damit konnte das Buch mir immer mal wieder ein Lachen entlocken - allerdings habe ich mich dabei auch gefragt, inw
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Lara Harmon
As a kid, I read the (English translated version of) The Neverending Story, and it stuck with me, in the way that only a handful of children's novels did--it was different from others I had read, with a straightforward yet surreal strangeness, a sense of loss. The scene in the memory mine, and the idea of losing oneself piece-by-piece and then having to work in anonymity, even to oneself, to find oneself again, haunted me.

Der Wunschpunsch is a different sort of story, though it still has some of
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Natalia
This has been my favourit christmas /new years book for many years. I read and reread it every year around the holidays, because it never becomes old and it is always sweet, funny, wise and charming.
One of the most wounderfull childrensbooks by Michael Ende, a great author, sadly dead, who also imagined the neverending story.
The strength of this story is that it is suitable for small children, while books like Momo or The neverending story are for teens rather than children.
Cat and raven - the
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Miguel Rodriguez
Sin duda Michale Ende sigue siendo uno de mis escritores favoritos. La pluma de este escritor sorprende siempre a cualquiera y no hay que decir que es un escritor para niños, en absoluto, ya que cada una de sus obras (las que he leído hasta el momento) tiene un ritmo que a cualquier adulto puede hipnotizar.
Stefania
L'eterna lotta tra il bene e il male in versione ecologica in un "thriller" per bambini che piace anche agli adulti.
Mihail Kostov
Книжката е написана с въображение и с прекрасно чувство за хумор, но е от автора на "Приказка без край" и "Момо", а е далеч от тяхната класа, затова няма как да дам повече от три звезди. Даже и това е много.
Elena Martínez Blanco
Lectura obligada cada final de año, una delicia!
George
This book is about a raven named Jake and a fat cat named Mercutio who have to save the animal kingdom and the rest of the world from a duo of an evil sorcerer and sorceress on New Year's eve.

Beezelbub Prospector and Aunt Vampirella have to destroy the world by midnight or the devil will "foreclose" on them since they haven't committed the proper number of evil acts during the course of the year. So, they are attempting to concoct the famous, but elusive Satanarcheohellish Notion Potion that gi
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Martin
Es ist nicht natürlich, dass ein Rabe und eine Kater zusammenarbeiten. Wenn man aber vom Rat der Tiere beauftragt wurde und das Wohl der Welt auf dem Spiel steht, dann kann man schon mal eine Ausnahme machen. Aber wie kommen die beiden schwächlichen Tierchen gegen zwei mächtige Zauberer an? Die beiden fiesen Bösewichte stehen indes ihrerseits gehörig unter Druck: sie haben nur noch wenige Stunden um all die versäumten bösen Taten nachzuholen - ein Ding der Unmöglichkeit. Doch dann findet sich da ...more
Bennett
This book was introduced to our family by a German Exchange student. The villains are evil but not too bright and are eventually foiled by their innocent but resourceful pet cat and crow. Great characters and a page turning plot make this a five star recommendation.
Razvan Zamfirescu
O carte in care un pisoi afon si un corb suferind de romantism incearca sa salveze lumea fara ca stapanii lor vrajitori sa afle ca ei aflasera ca ei, la randul lor, au aflat cum se pregateste satanarhelogenialcooligocenul Punci cu porunci. Un motan nu prea inteligent facand pe prostul, un corb batran numarandu-si iubitele, doi vrajitori care incearca sa-si salveze pielea si Sfantul Silvestru toti isi dau mainile pentru a alcatui o poveste din care abia astepti urmatoarea pagina. O poveste pe car ...more
Jane Edgren
While I did enjoy the playful tone and writing style of The Night of Wishes, I wasn't overly impressed by it. The story is simple and straightforward, which wouldn't be a problem if the plot wasn't so incredibly flat, don't expect any twists or much action. In fact, some opportunities for interesting action were quickly bypassed with a single description of "with cunning and great effort," reading that a character is cunning isn't very interesting, I'd like to make that assessment myself by the ...more
Nessy Dimitrova
Haha! It`s always funny when i stumble upon a book I`ve read years ago and have forgotten about! Anyways - it was amazing then. Loved it!
Sara
I read this book as a kid and apparently liked it because I kept it. I just recently re-read it and it is so dumb (and I normally love kids books!) Totally NOT recommended. Waste of time.
Monica
Terrible. I LOVE the Neverending Story and was expecting so much more from Michael Ende. Who knows, maybe it was in the translation that this book became unbearably tedious.
Krissie
Das Buch ist einerseits furchteinflößend wenn man genau darüber nachdenkt, was da eigentlich alles passiert. Neben der Anspielung auf LSD (die ich zugegebender Maßen durchaus gelungen und intelligent eingebaut finde) ist es ziemlich brutal und grausam; bedenkt man, dass es sich dabei doch um ein Kinderbuch handelt.

Ich muss allerdings sagen, ich liebe die Art wie es geschrieben ist. All das Böse, das vorkommt ist auf eine so einzigartige Art und Weise verpackt, dass es ...also ich weiß gar nicht
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☆Roberta☆
Jan 02, 2012 ☆Roberta☆ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ☆Roberta☆ by: Roberta
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Lettura piacevole e veloce, ottima per iniziare l'anno di buon umore.
Thegurkenkaiser
das hab ich als gut in erinnerung. ist aber sehr lang her.
Kalin
Не е „Приказка без край“. ;)
Werehare
3,5/10

Una storia leggera, spesso divertente, costruita in modo da mantenere sempre viva la curiosità nel lettore e con personaggi particolari ai quali è facile affezionarsi, zavorrata da due grossi problemi: il Deus Ex Machina divino nel finale e il messaggio ecologista. Si vede che Ende ci teneva a piantare certe idee ben a fondo nelle testoline dei suoi lettori, e ha ritenuto opportuno metterle giù nel modo più chiaro e meno elegante possibile: ecco che la deforestazione, l'inquinamento, la ch
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El Templo de las Mil Puertas
Belcebú Sarcasmo es un mago. Tiene grandes poderes con los que es capaz de realizar las más increíbles proezas y moldear la realidad a su antojo. Es el mismo caso de Tirania Vampir, dotada bruja y tía de Sarcasmo. Desgraciadamente, todo ese talento está empleado únicamente en fines egoístas y maléficos. Y no es casualidad que estos dos personajes estén en posesión de tan extraordinarios dones, pues ambos han hecho un pacto con el mismísimo Belcebú, señor de los infiernos, para conseguirlos. A ca ...more
kat
I capitoli sono scanditi dai disegni della pendola, come a ricordare anche a lettore che il tempo stringe. E così, pendola dopo pendola, ti dici: "dai, dai, non ce la fanno in tempo a prepararlo e berlo e tutto", che ovviamente si porta sempre per i buoni.
In verità, tutti i buoni spunti della trama, che Ende ha usato per attaccarcele tutte, come dice mia madre (ossia, per dire le cose come stanno, approfittando della situazione), o almeno per provarci ad attaccarcele, non è che siano usati merav
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Alice
This is a middle-grade book by the author of The Neverending Story. It's meant to be read in real time, meaning the events take place over the course of five hours, and it's meant to be read in five hours. I suppose if a parent read this to a child, the timeline would line up nicely.

Much of the premise of the book is younger than middle grade: a talking cat and raven, a witch and wizard who are evil because they're evil, and transparent main characters. Jacob, the raven, is clever and observant,
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NeDa
Забавна новогодишна история с весели "мъдрости" и проклятия: )

Прабаба ми Мия, която беше една много стара и мъдра котка, винаги казваше: "Ако можеш да вземеш едно нещо присърце, посвети му се. Ако ли не - спи."

- Но старата година още не е изтекла! Двуокисите да го вземат, днес е Св. Силвестър. Има още време до полунощ.


Много ми хареса оформлението на книгата. Има чернобели рисунки, а вместо заглавия, в началото на всяка глава има часовници, отмерващи времето до полунощ.

Matteo Pellegrini

Le sorti dell'umanità sono nelle mani di Jacopo Gracchi, un vecchio corvo spelacchiato, e di Maurice de Sainte-Maure, un piccolo gatto grasso: prima della mezzanotte del 31 Dicembre i due animali devono sventare le perfide trame di Belzebù Malospirito e della sua crudele zia Tirannia Vampiria, due lugubri personaggi che lavorano anima e corpo alla distruzione dell'umanità e che in questa notte di San Silvestro hanno la possibilità di esaudire i loro più raccapriccianti desideri grazie al leggend

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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer of fantasy and children's literature. He was the son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende. He died in Stuttgart (Germany) of stomach cancer.

Ende was one of the most popular and famous German authors of the 20th century, mostly due to the enormous success of his children's books. However, Ende was not strictly a children’s author, as he also wrote bo
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