I think I've just discovered a new favourite book! The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder.
It's such an exciting, funny, and fantastical book! There are so many things to love! Whimsical and somewhat eerie little illustrations. Creepy monsters and weird, friendly creatures. Flying bicycles and magical umbrellas. Bad pennies and mysterious midnight letters. And an ancient, magical library. All set in an otherworldly Victorian London, that can only be entered at the very moment that Big Ben strikes midnight.
But within all this wonderful fantasy, there is also so much that is familiar. Emily's mum is mortifyingly embarrasing, and when the kids at school tease Emily, she can't help getting into a massive row with her parents and getting herself grounded.
Then she hears a letter being posted through the slot in the middle of the night, and her mother suddenly disappears, leaving her with her perpetually boring dad and a million unanswered questions. When Emily's dad disappears too, she decides to take matters into her own hands, and unexpectedly launches herself into a fantastic adventure in the secret world of the Midnight Hour...
This is the first book in a trilogy by Trindles and Read, and I can't wait till the next one comes out! In the meantime, I've started following Trindles and Read on Facebook, and I'm just loving their "bibliographic musings, jokes, and scribblings" popping up in my newsfeed!