I needed a palate cleanser - and I also needed to read and get rid of a bunch of TBR books. The 13 Clocks is only 124 pages long, with wide spacing and fairly large print. And illustrations I like by Marc Simont. This was the book to read today.
I've loved James Thurber since junior high. I love his silliness, his sometimes bizarre illustrations and sense of humor. He doesn't disappoint in The 13 Clocks. It's a standard fairy tale: a prince disguised as a minstrel wants to marry a princess locked in a castle by her evil guardian. The guardian sets impossible tasks for her suitors and, when they fail, kills them.
Our prince is aided by a Golux, who may or may not be helpful. Not everyone is who they seem to be. The Golux helps the prince with his task: to find 1,000 jewels and return with them when the clocks strike 5. But the 13 clocks have all stopped at 10 minutes to 5, so they'll never strike 5. Or will they?
Thurber loves to play with words, to make them up, to use them in rhymes. He does all in The 13 Clocks.
As a bonus, below is the charming (and odd, really, a Santa frog?) and appropriate gift bookmark I found inside.