Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ...Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way. Almost like clockwork.
- Free discussion notes available on this website.
- Themes: "Be careful what you wish for", search for eternal youth, good and evil, creativity
- Links to Faust, Pinocchio, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Nutcracker or Colin Thompson's How to Live Forever.
- Black and white illustrations
- Shorter novel but with sophisticated themes which make it most suited to older juniors.
- 96 pages
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