Tuesday, June 2, 2009

James Thurber - The 13 Clocks

I sought out this book because it was highly recommended by Neil Gaiman on Amazon. Thankfully, my local library made the purchase and I was able to borrow it. The 13 Clocks is a clever little fairy tale that is deceptively simple and charming. Kids will find it a blast but I think it will also appeal to the older crowd. Thurber's amazing use of language, including all the delightful made-up words (which I'm trying to work into my vocabulary range), really adds to the story and I can imagine kids just begging for more when it's read aloud to them. This doesn't quite make it to my list of all-time favourites as the story is just far too brief, but it sure is an enchanting and wonderful fairy tale that all ages can enjoy.