A boy recovering from an illness meets two magical tramps (English homeless people, not promiscuous women) and joins their battle against poorly explained magical evil people.

The entire thing depended on two tropes that annoy me: happy magical homeless people, and a race of motiveless evil people who never actually do anything bad, but are only evil because the heroes say they are. The evil people have glowing green eyes and follow the heroes, but that's all they ever do. When the boy asks what's so bad about them, the tramps explain in horrified tones that the green-eyed people would come to the tramps' world and bring more people like them with them! Probably not intentional, but I couldn't help thinking of a certain strain of anti-immigrant rhetoric: it's not that the immigrants are going to do anything bad per se, it's that their very foreign existence inherently ruins everything.

Weird and not in a good way.

ETA: I should note that Cresswell's Bagthorpes books are really funny, and the reason why I read this.
A boy recovering from an illness meets two magical tramps (English homeless people, not promiscuous women) and joins their battle against poorly explained magical evil people.

The entire thing depended on two tropes that annoy me: happy magical homeless people, and a race of motiveless evil people who never actually do anything bad, but are only evil because the heroes say they are. The evil people have glowing green eyes and follow the heroes, but that's all they ever do. When the boy asks what's so bad about them, the tramps explain in horrified tones that the green-eyed people would come to the tramps' world and bring more people like them with them! Probably not intentional, but I couldn't help thinking of a certain strain of anti-immigrant rhetoric: it's not that the immigrants are going to do anything bad per se, it's that their very foreign existence inherently ruins everything.

Weird and not in a good way.

ETA: I should note that Cresswell's Bagthorpes books are really funny, and the reason why I read this.
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