"an amazing children's story"
Even though Turnip and Meadowsweet are children, they still
have to work. Everyone worked in Saxon times. So when their
uncle releases them to play down by the river, the siblings
are ecstatic and can't run fast enough. As Turnip is
washing one of his father's rare coins, he ends up dropping
it and losing it in the River Orwell. As they are lamenting
the loss of the coin, they come across a cat, and not just
any cat, but one with clothes on that talks to them. The
cat introduces himself as Odo. When Meadowsweet says the
word "pin" the cat reacts strangely and begins running in
circles creating a whirlwind. The next thing the children
know, they are no longer by the river. Turns out they've
gone forward in time and come across a knight in armor.
Well, of course, the children have never seen armor and are
immediately anxious. When they notice the badge on the
armor is the same as is on the coin they lost, they start
asking questions. And again, one of them says "pin" and
they end up in the future once more.
Imagine how they react when they see cars for the first
time. And when they notice the same design on various
things as is on the coin they lost.
Why do they keep coming across this design? Will they be
able to figure it out? Is someone behind it all? Will Odo
be able to get the children back to their own time? What of
the children's parents?
ODO AND THE TIME CHILDREN is an amazing children's story.
Che Dee has a wonderful way of telling a tale to pull in
even the most recalcitrant child. We have a bit of
everything in this story to capture a child's attention,
right down to Delores, a fantastic clubbing mouse. The
action keeps moving without getting bogged down and the
characters all remain true to themselves. This is one story
I wish was around when I was a child and I highly recommend.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted March 17, 2008