Friday, January 20, 2012

Danny's Review on The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart
Authors: Katherine Paterson & John Paterson
Illustrator: John Rocco
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Challenge: None
Extras: Website, Trailer
Buy at: Amazon
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 reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.
The illustrations for this book are really fascinating. It was the main reason why I picked up this book.
At the first blow, the flint split into three pieces, the center of which was a bright black heart with a hole right through it. Fum was astounded.
This is only going to be a short review, because I don’t want to give anything away.

The Flint Heart is an object made by a magical man named Fum during the stone ages. The Flint Heart may appear to be just a rock with a hole in it, but it is actually quite powerful. Anyone who wears it will succeed at getting power but will also lose themselves into evil. Phutt was already kind of mean, but he was even more evil with the Flint Heart. Once he died, Fum buried the heart with him.

Now in present time, a farmer has come across the Flint Heart. His wife and children are the ones that suffer the most from the evil that has overcame their father. The children decide they need help to bring back their good hearted father. They decide to send Charles, the most sensible and intelligent child, to search help from the fairies.

The Flint Heart affects many others in the story, which brings a lot of problems for the main characters to solve.

The story was wonderful with all the characters and illustrations. My little brother and I really did enjoy reading it together, so I suggest you picking yourself a copy to read to your children or siblings. I think this book is my brother’s favorite next to the Spiderwick Chronicles.
The Flint Heart is about to make it’s way to the big screen… this year! Check out more info |HERE|.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book. I really like the cover.