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  • By Ronnie Baxley, Jr.
    Dec 28, 2014
    ***** (Five Stars) Note: Gwen Tennille has also created illustrations for many of my books, but, despite my having some bias, I tried to view this book with a critical eye. With both her illustrations and her writing in "Tik-Tok and the TimeKeeper's Clock", Gwen Tennille has combined the whimsy of beloved Rankin Bass holiday specials, the appeal of the original Oz books, and L. Frank Baum's love of seasonal /holiday and nature-based characters such as in _The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus_ in a simple style that will appeal to young children. Within the book, which has a quest plot, Tik-Tok must find the owner of a pocket-watch he has found near the Emerald City. This involves visits to many seasonal and mythical characters and puts Tik-Tok in some suspenseful peril as he is danger of running down along the journey. The book has an interesting twist toward the end and has bordering illustrations evocative of illuminated manuscripts that I find as skilled and gorgeous as... More > the natural scenes Tik-Tok the robot finds himself in and the minor characters from nature whose company he keeps. If I have a minor quibble, it could be that I would like to see an even longer journey, yet I understand the picture-book length denotes what kind of story can be told. Given the whimsy of the tale, the gorgeous illustrations, the overall simple style, and the interesting twist that does not condescend to bright children, I would definitely recommend this book for reading aloud to children ages 5 and up.< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Gwen Tennille
December 12, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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