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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Two brothers rescue their sister from the spell of an evil magician.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1996 by Holiday House
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Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as successful, imo, as the team's St. George. First, it's a story about a rather insipid girl who gets rescued by her two younger brothers and some magic. Second, Hyman uses a different style of art and I just can't make myself like it much. Third, the writing style is workmanlike, clunky. An interesting author's note gives justification and makes me give it the third star. ...more
Willow Redd
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taken from a play (called a "masque") by John Milton, Comus is the story of three children who find themselves lost deep in the woods and at the mercy of a dark magician/God by the name of Comus. Comus wants to make the sister one of his playthings and takes her to his lair, and it's up to the boys, with the help of the Good Spirit, to save her.

Love the story. One of those that has its origins in folklore and mythology (Comus is the son of Bacchus and Circe) with the best markers of fairy tale t
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
There were many scary pictures of demon-like creatures. The message of the book seems to be that you shouldn't be afraid of evil because if you are a good person good spirits will help you. The boys were brave, but their bravery didn't feel real to me. ...more
Sabrina the savior! I finally found the story where she resides. Comus is cunning, but evil is conquered by good.
Carrie Adair
The book is okay, but I have read Milton's Comus now. The story and illustrations by themselves are fine. When I compare Hodges's book to Milton's masque, her book left me disappointed. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Not, probably, for small children.
Dark fairy tale with evocative drawings.
A picture books for teens/adults.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Alice and her two younger brothers become lost in the woods. The children separate and Alice is captured by an evil magician named Comus.

Beautiful illustrations.
Lisa Rathbun
I've got to get this book! I love Hyman's illustrations, and this is a wonderful adaptation of an old English folk tale also referenced by John Milton. Readers will find traces of things that remind them of Narnia, although the character who looks like a faun is actually Comus, the wicked demon magician. At the end, it states that though the three children often went back to the woods, they never saw Comus again. This ending would lead into an excellent writing assignment, where students make up ...more
Read the author's note here. I heard Stephen Dobranski give a paper on this specific children's book on Nov. 3, 2017, at SAMLA. Has connections to the Childe Roland / Tam Lin stories. Read again in Fall 2019 (when I was teaching a Milton course). ...more
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fairy-tales
Not as engaging as other tales illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. I checked this out from the library recently, and I decided not to try to buy a copy. The illustrations are great, and the tale is noteworthy for being an old one with an interesting history, but there are plenty of better books to choose from.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The illustrations were beautiful to look at and were appropriately creepy when needed. The story started out well, but had an abrupt ending.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Lovely pictures to this fairy tale. Okay story. Pretty good overall.
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Margaret "Peggy" Hodges was an American writer of books for children.

She was born Sarah Margaret Moore in Indianapolis, Indiana to Arthur Carlisle and Annie Marie Moore. She enrolled at Tudor Hall, a college preparatory school for girls. A 1932 graduate of Vassar College, she arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Fletcher Hodges Jr. when in 1937 he became curator at the Stephen Fost

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