The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O

The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O

The Thirteen Clocks is a mixture of fairy tale, parable, and poetry. It has everything to please everybody. There is a princess in distress, a prince in disguise, a wicked uncle, and a last minute race between good and evil which is as exciting as any thriller. James Thurber wrote it, when he was supposed to be writing something quite different, because he couldn’t help himself, which must be why it bubbles with gaiety and wit, and why everybody who has read it immediately wants to read it all over again.

The Wonderful O, the second story in this book, is about two abominable villains, a man with a map and a man with a ship, who sail to the island of Coroo in search of treasure and, when they can’t find it, revenge themselves on the gentle inhabitants by banning everything with an O in it. First they take the O’s out of all the words and then they start forbidding such things as dogs, cottages, coconuts, and dolls. They are just getting round to forbidding mothers when the islanders decide there are four things with an O in them that must not be lost. Three of them are ‘hope’, and ‘love’ and ‘valour’. The fourth and most important is really the whole point of The Wonderful O, which is a wonderful book.

Title:The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140301809
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    The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O Reviews

  • Lucy Banks

    I don't think I've ever read a book like this before.I started reading it with my boys on recommendation of a friend, who said he'd enjoyed it as a young lad. The book contains two stories (each as co...

  • Roger

    This has long been a favourite book of mine and I have read it many, many, times since childhood. Ostensibly a children's book (my copy is a Puffin paperback), it is probably better appreciated by adu...

  • Bob

    Bought this as much for the Ronald Searle illustrations as because of Thurber himself - also previewing whether it might be good bed-time reading for a 5-year-old (conclusion: wait a couple of years)....

  • ^

    Absolutely brilliant. Two very engaging and educational stories, beautifully written, and utterly superb to read aloud. This is a first-class example of a book that should be read to every child, and ...

  • Peter

    Another book that I turn to when I need cheering up. The 13 Clocks is a fairy tale with all that a fairy tale should have; A wicked villain, a beautiful princess, a dashing hero (in disguise . . .) an...

  • Jade

    This was a Neil Gaiman recommendation from his book A View from the Cheap Seats. This book contains two stories that go back to what fairy tales really should be about...dastardly villains! What I als...

  • GeraniumCat

    First read when I was a child and I've adored it ever since. Thurber is a wonderful storyteller and his invented fairytales are witty and clever and full of enchantment. I read it often and enjoy it a...

  • Alice Rebekah Fraser

    This is one of my all time favourite books. It's incredibly joyful, rollicking, sly, wry, witty and brilliant fun. Its turns of phrase are so delightful that they stick in your mind and pop out at odd...

  • Judy

    This is one of the few books that when you're selecting 5 stars, 'it was amazing' you think to yourself this book is, in the most literal sense, amazing. Wordplay like this, I have not read before. Th...

  • Darkpool

    Love it. Read it 'til the pages fell out, then read it some more only carefully. ...