The Great Kettles: A Tale of Time

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Abrams, 1997 - Children's stories - 40 pages
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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.

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User Review  - MkM - LibraryThing

Genre: Fantasy Genre Critique: This book is a good example of fantasy. Although none of the events in the book are real, or ever happened, the character (joey) and the plot of the story really helps ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michele - Goodreads

Cute and magical book for kids. Read full review

About the author (1997)

Dean Morrissey has made up stories to go with his work ever since he first began to paint. Eventually he began writing and illustrating children's books. The highly successful Ship of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, was published in 1990, followed by The Great Kettles, which won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. His other books include The Christmas Ship, The Moon Robber, The Monster Trap, and The Crimson Comet. Dean Morrissey lives on the south shore of Massachusetts with his wife and son, surrounded by many of the amazing contraptions that are found in his paintings.

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