Monday, May 7, 2012

The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart
Katherine and John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco
Candlewick, 2011
$19.99, Hardcover
April 24th, 2012

Genre: Fantasy
Age: 7+
Description: An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman keeps reemerging to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart?
Opinion: Based off a much older tale from the early 1900s, this is an adaptation. The book is oversized and heavy. The pictures are probably the best thing about it as they are gorgeous. However, the story maybe since it is an adaptation of an older novel felt so boring and old-fashioned. I wasn’t impressed with the book but readers who are very big fantasy fans (especially of woodland like fairy folk) will probably enjoy it.

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