The Secret History of Hobgoblins
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
hey go by many names – Boggarts, Brownies, Gallybeggars, Kows, and Pixies – but no matter how you want to address them, hobgoblins have been part of folklore and ancient tales for a very, long, long time.
n this little volume with gatefolds, fold outs and flip up sections, Professor Ari Berk shares his vast knowledge of these usually benevolent creatures. Yes, I did say
! Don't confuse hobgoblins with their wicked alter egos – goblins.
his richly illustrated book reveals the proper etiquette you'll wish to follow for interacting with these creatures as well as where you are most apt to find them (crawl spaces, behind curtains and in the shadows).
ot only does evidence of the existence of hobgoblins date back to the Neolithic period and Roman times, but the Weavers of Fate still work their magic today. As the erudite professor explains, '
While most hobgoblins watch over dwelling places, a special few guard the fate and futures of their human neighbors. These are the Weavers of Destiny, the Fateful Folks. If treated with dignity and respect, they might bless any communal work, or grant advice to humans poised between one part of their lives and the next.
his history of the humble hobgoblin is a fun book that readers eight and older will no doubt enjoy. Actually, I believe many adults might be interested in it as well.
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