Monday, March 30, 2015
House with a Clock in Its Walls and Stranger in the Shadows
This is a very spooky book, and I believe it would have terrified me if I had read it when young.
Sounds are very important in this book. The ticking of the hidden clock is the most important, but I noticed how the author describes ordinary sounds. A cushion makes a hissing noise when someone sits on it. On page 1, we learn that Lewis wears corduroy trousers that "go whip-whip when you walk." I wore corduroy pants for a time when I was a child, and I had forgotten about that sound. I remember it well.
On page 19, we learn that Lewis "loved to eat candy while he read, and lots of his favorite books at home had brown smudges on the corners of the page." Oh, yes! Some of my childhood books have food stains on the pages.
There are additional books about Lewis Barnavelt, but I do not have any of them.
I enjoyed these books but not enough to want to read them again. I enjoyed them about the same as the average book I read as a child. I'm thinking of the dozens of books that I read in childhood that I now can no longer remember and have no desire to collect or read again.