The Ride-by-Nights by Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei (Faber)

12019873_10153562466415446_1802622873148609290_nA beautifully enchanting, Halloween tale written by the inimitable Walter de la Mare and brought to life by the shining star that is Carolina Rabei.

The Ride-by-Nights‘ celebrates the magic of Autumn and the natural wonderment hidden amongst the stars, in a punchy and timeless rhyme.

12079307_10153562466485446_4668783437308626992_nThis is the second of Walter de la Mare’s poems to be cleverly reinvented by Rabei. We just adore how Carolina has interpreted and brought to life the 19th century poet’s words.

A sparkly silver foil embossed cover makes for an inviting read and Walter de la Mare’s creative poetry provides a much less sinister and fun portrayal of a witch, making it accessible to a younger audience.


Coupled with Rabei‘s warm and rich illustrations, this makes for a contemporary twist on a 1932 poem, thus making his poetry very accessible for a much younger audience.

As a group of young trick-or-treaters head out for an evening of fun and frolics, a few cheeky witches have plans of their own, pinching the sweets and creating mischief.


Carolina’s carefully selected palette, creates a sumptuous backdrop to the melodic poem and the warm hues of blue that dominate the compelling star-filled skies are so inviting.

This is a clever way of introducing poetry to emerging and young readers and one that won’t fail to please.

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