Published by Candlewick Press on September 27th 2011
A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts’s 1910 fantasy and wryly retold by Katherine and John Paterson.
An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.
Short & Sweet:
There's nothing more satisfying than a story retold with vibrant words and pictures. Katherine has created another masterpiece with this compelling fairy tale of a crafted item so evil, it will turn the sweetest creature into a vicious revolutionary or leader. Our main character Charles, must help his father when he starts to change for the worst when he discovers the Flint Heart. He decides he must go to the fairies for their help and in turn ends up having to help them as well as the Flint Heart travels from one person to another, affecting each in a similar fashion.
A tale of adventure with talking animals, fairies and full of charming illustrations, The Flint Heart was an enchanting read that took you into worlds not yet discovered.