Reviews for Malcolm at Midnight


First-time author W.H. Beck combines many beloved themes—intelligent animals, secret clubs, middle school melodrama—into a fine-tuned noir mystery....ultimately a story about identity and inclusion, but kids will get that message along with a spoonful of adventure, a smart whodunit and several laughs. This one's a winner."

Kirkus Reviews

...a breathless, exciting tale of adventure, danger, betrayal, twists and surprises. Beck unfolds the events in the form of an anonymous note to teacher Mr. Binney detailing Malcolm’s journey, with clever and sometimes hilarious asides in the form of footnotes. Meditations on the nature of power and friendship are subtly and seamlessly woven within the plot...A rip-roaring tale; even rodent haters will have to like Malcolm."

Publishers Weekly

Escapades, humor, and romance weave together in this madcap elementary school adventure from first-time author Beck...A first-rate debut."


This creature-feature leavens spookiness with healthy doses of whimsy."

Library Media Connection

...the perfect elementary read-aloud. Highly recommended."

Richard Peck, Newbery Medalist

Malcolm is indeed a rat of valor and merit. So is his story.”

Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award winner

Malcolm at Midnight has all the valor and adventure of The Tale of Despereaux with the wit and antics of Frindle...three cheers for the fresh and funny Malcolm!"