Goblins by Stephen Currie

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Instead, they create havoc to get what they want. ” In this story, a girl—known as Anabel in one recent retelling—is assigned the task of making a dress for a princess. The princess plans to wear the dress to an upcoming fancy ball. Anabel is excited by the opportunity to create a beautiful gown. She imagines the pride she will feel when the princess walks The sudden disappearance into the ballroom wearing the of cats and dogs from an dress she made. area is often taken as an But the job is much more difindication that goblins have ficult than Anabel anticipates.

In the novel Kringle by Tony Abbott, for instance, the title character enters an enormous underground cavern that he knows is inhabited by goblins. But while Kringle expects to see goblins, he does not expect to see children—and the cavern, as it turns out, is full of children, each of them kidnapped by the goblins. “All were in rags,” Abbott writes, “and all [were] chained by their ankles or wrists or both. ”30 In all, Kringle learns, at least 500 children are in the cavern, and more are being captured every day.

Each time she retrieves the covers and remakes the bed, it happens again. Naturally enough, Anabel gets very little sleep that night, and what sleep she gets is not very refreshing. The same thing happens on the following nights as well. Weary from lack of rest and aching from the constant Did You Know? 47 48 Under the Window, Kate Greenaway’s 1879 collection of pictures and rhymes for children, includes a poem about an annoying little goblin who steals cabbages from a farmer’s f ield. The thief shows little remorse for his actions in this illustration from the book.

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