What to Read After... Mr Gum 19/08/19
The Midnight Gang
Poor Tom has been hit on the head by a cricket ball and wakes up in the Lord Funt Hospital with a big bandage on his head. In the children’s ward, though, he finds children with worse complaints: Amber’s got full leg and arm casts in a wheelchair; Robin has had an eye operation and can’t see; and poor Sally is too weak to get out of bed.
Worse, there’s a horrible kid-hating Matron watching over them and making sure they don’t have any fun at all – not that there is much fun to be had in hospital (or so you would think).
It transpires that the children are part of the Midnight Gang: an ages-old hospital tradition that makes dreams come true for sick children. But what will Tom’s wish be, and can the kindly hospital porter make it come true?
David Walliams’ tongue-in-cheek fun continues to amuse in this new adventure that also tugs at the heartstrings in just the right way. The Midnight Gang’s various ailments and conditions don’t affect them careering joyously around the hospital in the middle of the night, although Walliams still treats the characters and their conditions with dignity and respect where appropriate.