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  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matthew's Midnight Adventures (PB)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (December 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920303013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920303016
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,019,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Allen Morgan first became interested in children's books while teaching kindergarten in Toronto schools. He is the author of the popular Matthew stories and Nicole's Boat (2000). Allen lives in Toronto.

Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children, including many of the popular Robert Munsch stories, and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife in Toronto.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicolette Horsthuis on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 4 year old son adores the 'Matthew' series. These books are an absolute must for any kid, especially young boys.
All of these books feature a boy who goes to sleep only to be 'awakened' by a midnight visitor of whatever kind the book is about. They go off and have great adventures together, then every morning at about six he goes into his mother's room and wakes her up to tell her about it.
Great sense of humour, and beautifully illustrated. Anyone who likes Munsch will love these books too.
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I am 26 now and recall having this book read to me/reading this book as a child. I actually went to look it up here today because I was reminded of it by a movie and remembered it being my favorite book. As for the 'creepy' tow truck driver or the not-so-child-friendly things such as him having a cigarette in his mouth; stop trying to shield your kids from the world! I loved this book as a kid and I have never so much as tried a cigarette and never once have I gotten into a strangers vehicle lol. If you teach your children to have good judgement in thinking for themselves you'll never have to worry about them being influences so heavily by such minute, semantic details in a book. Teach them what is right and wrong, dangerous and safe and more importantly WHY those things are what they are and you wont have to shield them from everything bad all the time.
I remember parts of the plot being a little freaky to me as a kid but it sort of fit well with that mystery of what is out there in the night. As a kid, it is a little frightening/overwhelming to think of the whole world that is out there while you sleep that you wont get to experience till you are much older. I think I liked this book so much because it gave you a little taste of that world which made it less intimidating in a way. It was comforting. I almost want to buy the book to read it again as an adult!
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By KL from NY on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
A big man calling for a young boy to come take a ride with him in the middle of the night, and the kids goes?

Sorry folks ... I found this book very creepy and not something I would read to my child.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teachermom on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book based on the title for my son whose name is Matthew. I was disappointed that in nearly all of the illustrations, the tow truck driver has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I don't understand why the illustrator had to include that, especially one who is known for his work in Robert Munsch books. I could see that if it was a book written in the 60's or something, when smoking was widely accepted and people were naive about it, but in this day in age, people know the dangers of smoking and our kids are being told that it's bad for you. I don't see why a children's book needs to have a truck driver with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth in nearly every page. I'm getting rid of the book because I am tired of my kids asking me about it when we read it. Lesson to me: don't judge a book by its cover - read it first and look at the illustrations!

(On another note, what's up with a truck driver who comes around and takes kids for rides in the middle of the night? Kind of creepy, really...)
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