Call it a harsh reality for the family dog that dies: Grandfather clocks that run out of battery all the time. But you can put aside your sentimental wants, deal with your older dog’s sudden death and find out what to do with your broken-down grandfather clock.
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When we meet our grand father clock, it’s almost like a face is looking back at us from the other side of the Earth. And occasionally, when he wants to find out what our plans are for Christmas or which new outfit we hope to wear, we’ll give him the silent treatment. Grandfather Clock is a charming kid’s book, easily adapted to younger readers; the scene in which Grandfather Clock peeks into the book from inside the clock is the one we’ve all been there. But try to read the book aloud, and all you’ll get from the narration is one empathetic, lovely sound—the coda’s unmistakable banjo—whereas Grandfather Clock tells you what’s going on inside with his hand and the light on the other side of the book.
It’s a shame, since Grandfather Clock really is one of the most lively books ever created. Then again, this isn’t a book for kids: this is a book for Grandparents and Parents and, given Grandfather Clock’s transience, for BFFs who live on different continents.
Any devotee of Grandfather Clock knows the story. Grandfather Clock is baby Daniel’s “fairly young” grandfather, and he likes to watch, talk to, and play with young Daniel. When Grandfather Clock sneaks into the boy’s room and changes the time twice—on the first occasion from six o’clock to seven o’clock; on the second occasion from four o’clock to five o’clock—Daniel is confused. Soon, we find out, it isn’t his grandfather who’s confused—it’s Grandma, who’s late getting home from work. Daniel wants answers, so he tries to figure out what time it is—and off he goes to the local convenience store. Grandpa clocks in, and Grandma gawks at him. Over the next half-hour or so, we watch Daniel as he tries desperately to figure out what time it is. And when he’s finished, Grandpa clocks back out, demanding his chance to have dinner—saying it’s his birthday—and then obliging himself to eat a whole roast-beef roll to feed Daniel. A pretty good first impression, considering he spent 10 minutes trying to figure out the time.
It isn’t until we meet the next day at Daniel’s grandmother’s house, a charming house in a remote part of Scotland, that Grandfather Clock, aware that he’s in trouble, reveals his face. And then, he’s just Grandfather Clock, and he’s fine. But next morning, Grandma arrives, and she’s angry. And screaming at her grandson. “So why does he answer to you?”
“I try, I really do,” Daniel replies, “I could live with that. But how come you go out to town every weekend, just looking for somewhere to get off!”
“Oh yeah,” cries Grandma, “but they don’t.”
Incomprehensible meltdowns don’t often happen in literature, but they do, sometimes for kids who aren’t given any choice. It’s one of the joys of those boy-meets-girl stories: the joy of finding out if the narrator is as cruel or good as the narrator imagines. I don’t think Daniel and his grandmother see any problem with the story; it’s not their fault that they are, as Daniel keeps repeating, “telling this story.” But that’s the way of the world: it’s the way of our home. And the easier we make it for Grandpa Clock to visit, the more all the other characters will come and bring their friends along. Grandparents love sharing coffee, and the authors of Brideshead Revisited are known for their recipes. So it’s pretty much perfect that Daniel and Grandmother, normally such good friends, can’t be trusted to be his best friends.
What’s it worth? Well, $17 is kind of a sweet price for an adventure you won’t really want to be getting over until your goodbyes come. But there’s a longer story there, as a relationship we won’t be able to explain until the end of your life.