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The Night of Wishes

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,684 ratings  ·  87 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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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. Bellissimo, bellissimo, bellissimo.
Elena Delos (EscribadeAvalon)
¡El final es muy gracioso! es todo lo que puedo decir jajajaja es un ponche muy poderoso.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
das hab ich als gut in erinnerung. ist aber sehr lang her.
Не е „Приказка без край“. ;)
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
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
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,
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

Wenn ein böser Zauberer und seine ebenso böse Tante sich treffen und beide dringend noch ein paar böse Taten am letzten Tag des Jahres durchführen müssen, um ihren Vertrag mit den Mächten des Bösen erfüllen zu können, kann man sich vorstellen, daß es hoch hergeht. Zu schaffen ist das Soll nur noch durch die Zubereitung des satanarchäolügenialkohöllischen Wunschpunsches, dessen Rezept die beiden je zur Hälfte besitzen.
Den Punsch zu brauen ist kein einfaches Unterfangen, besonders, wenn beide sich
Fi °♥° LoveMoonStars
'The Night of Wishes' or in German: "Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch" is a Children's Story by Michael Ende, who is mostly known for 'The Never Ending Story' and 'Momo'.

Beezlebub, the evil sorcerer and his aunt Tyrannia (evil witch), are about to die and go to hell, and the only thing that could save them? Probably something evil.. outrageous... How about by ending the world??

The actual reason I've read this was because it was published in 1989, and that is the same year I was
Creo que lo hubiera disfrutado más si lo hubiera leído cuando era niña. Me encantó el personaje de san silvestre. Y la idea de un Cuervo y un gato salvando al mundo.
José M.
1er sem. Prep.
Lugar: fantastico

P. bruja, mago, gato, cuervo.
Hilarante y muy bien elaborada obra literaria: dos enemigos en la magia encuentran en un pergamino un hechizo para hacer un ponche mágico capaz de conceder todos los deseos. Lo malo es que cada uno tiene la mitad y mientras ellos se enfrascan en una discusión muy chusca y pueril, sus sabias mascotas el cuervo del mago y el gato de la bruja entablan una hermosa amistad para impedir que el ponche cumpla los nefastos deseos de cualquiera d
I've been wanting to read this for years. I loved "The Neverending Story" and "Momo" by the same author, and was looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this elusive title.

Now, don't get me wrong. The story was very cute. But it didn't live up to the author's other works, and I found myself unable to finish the book. Maybe because it was obviously written for a much younger audience than his other books, I don't know. I think it would appeal to young readers under the age of 10. Older r
I was curious to see what Michael Ende had done besides The Neverending Story (which I love.) This was a fun battle of good and evil aimed at children. Entertaining characters, solid writing, and what seems like a a good translation. I do wonder what had to be altered in changing it from German though, especially with the rhyming spells and such.

I wish I read it as a young'in though as an adult I still enjoyed it. I was surprised by a couple adult themes that made their way in though, such as a
Paulina Rodriguez
Lo lei hace como mil años
Nathan Titus
Not as good as Neverending Story. But then, what could be? There is still plenty of very deep symbolism here. I particularly liked the concept of the "money witch" and her safe containing infinite piles of cash. The characters are simple and designed for children, but I first read this book as an adult and I thought they were all designed very well and that they all did what the author intended. There were morality lessons in here that I found useful even as an adult. For a child, this book woul ...more
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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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