Sunday, 22 August 2010
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
There were three reasons I picked this book up at the library.
1.The beautiful front cover. I mean, look at it.
2.It's written by a French pop star, Mathias Malzieu. I've never heard of him but still, it's quirky.
3.It has an endorsement on the back which states 'Mathias Malzieu is a Genius' by none other by Eric Cantona.
Well after all that I couldn't not read it now could I?
The Boy With The Cuckoo-Clock Heart is quite a sweet story at its heart (no pun intended)
Little Jack is born in Edinburgh with a frozen heart and is immediately saved by a doctor who implants a cuckoo-clock into his chest. This clock which needs to be wound daily, keeps Little Jack's heart beating and therefore keeps him alive if only he can keep to these rules;
FIRSTLY: don’t touch the hands of your cuckoo-clock heart.
SECONDLY: master your anger.
THIRDLY: never, ever fall in love. For if you do, the hour hand will poke through your skin, your bones will shatter, and your heart will break once more.
Well, you can guess what happens can't you?
The story is engaging and quite enjoyable with an overall message which I think most people could relate too. This is not for kids though due to the sexual references in places , for example I'm sure a child would ask for more clarification on Little Jack's hamster's name should they read it which would only lead to one very awkward conversation.
My favourite bit? When Little Jack sees a clock tower and asks "Is that my father?” Moments like that make the book more endearing.
Would I recommend it? If you happen to see it in your local library then it's worth getting for the novelty and pure delight but I wouldn't rush out and buy it.
Posted by Jess