The Great Kettles: A Tale of Time

Morrissey, Dean

Published by Harry N Abrams, 1997
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Synopsis: Dean Morrissey's first book, Ship of Dreams, leaped onto best-seller lists in 1995, its debut season. A delightful story of young Joey and his nighttime journey to meet the legendary Sandman, the book introduced Morrissey's richly detailed paintings to a welcoming audience of children and adults. Here, in a brilliant new tale, the same Joey "invents" a time machine so he can sneak off to visit his best friend, Henry, who still lives in Joey's old neighborhood. Before he knows it, Joey finds himself sitting in his machine, flying around the attic of his new house, and growing smaller and smaller. Soon, to his amazement, he flies right into the colorful label of an old fruit box that shows an island landscape called the Great Kettles. Joey's adventures in the Great Kettles begin when he meets Father Time. He then encounters some of the other extraordinary residents of the Great Kettles, those who make the world go 'round - the Man in the Moon, the Four Winds, and Mother Nature herself. He also bumps into his old friend, the Sandman, and meets Professor Throttleman, the amazing inventor who undertakes to get Joey back home. Along the way, Joey climbs into a lighthouse-tall clock that controls time everywhere, peers through a Time Telescope, rides the Great Kettles train with the Cow That Jumped Over the Moon, and tries to return home aboard the Time Elevator.

From School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 3. Joey, the boy in Morrissey's Ship of Dreams (Abrams, 1994), is off on another adventure. Here, he builds a time machine to take him to visit a friend in a nearby town, but it crashes in the Great Kettles, islands across the Sea of Time. This turn of events upsets Father Time, the Sandman, and the Man in the Moon because Joey's coming has stopped the clock and it won't start ticking again until he leaves. They build a new machine to take him home, where he learns that his friend is coming to visit him. Although the illustrations are spectacular, the text is disappointing. There's no good reason for time travel when Joey wants to go to a nearby town; the story seems to have been contrived as a vehicle for the artist's striking, realistic oil paintings?paintings of magic landscapes, strange characters, and ingenious devices such as telescopes and time machines. As in the first title, there are objects and characters from other children's books. For example, Father Time's flying machine seems inspired by that other great flying machine, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the Cow That Jumped Over the Moon rides the local train; and those well-known sleigh bells from Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express (Houghton, 1985) appear at the beginning and end of the book as decorative objects. The text and art just don't come together as a well-integrated, credible time fantasy.?Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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Title: The Great Kettles: A Tale of Time
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Publication Date: 1997
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