Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The 13 Clocks

The 13 Clocks  ***
by James Thurber

"I liked the characters and the pictures. The Golux's stories are really funny. And the lady that cries diamonds is a funny part. The princess is really pretty, and she saves the clocks."
By Sabrina Staples, 7

This book is written differently from any other book I've read. There are lots of made-up words which are challenging for younger readers since it's hard to tell what words are real and which are pretend.

The writing is almost poetic. Here's an excerpt to give you an idea:
"From the sky came the crying of flies, and the pilgrims leaped over a bleating sheep creeping knee-deep in a sleepy stream, in which swift and slippery snakes slid and slithered silkily, whispering sinful secrets."

This book is probably worth reading just because it is so creative. But with that said, I'm not sure that I even grasped the full meaning of the book. So, it's probably a book to read aloud and talk about. That's how our family read it.