The Skull of Truth

The Skull of TruthMr Elives S Magic Shop Is Back, And This Time It Is On The Other Side Of Tucker S Swamp And Tucker S Swamp Is Where Charlie Eggleston Heads To Escape A Beating For Lying Charlie Can T Seem To Keep From Lying, Though Sometimes His Lies Are For A Good Cause When Charlie Stumbles Into Mr Elives S Magic Shop, His Eyes Light Upon The Skull Charlie Steals The Skull And It Puts Him Under Some Sort Of Spell He Can Only Tell The Truth Trouble Is, Now No One Believes Him Another fun book about the mysteries and magic that a boy finds in Mr Elives s Magic Shop While I enjoyed it, I didn t like this one quite as much as the others I m not sure why possibly the messages are obvious, or maybe it was serious than the others It s still good, just not a favorite of mine. I feel like this one was trying a lot harder than the others There were just too many awkward this is important to talk about moments, which Are important to talk about, but maybe not all in one 192 page children s book He covered the importance of truth, protecting the environment, the downsides and some upsideskind of of industrialization, childhood cancer, gay love, every family has secrets, and probably a few other big topics I have forgotten It just all seemed stretched thin Also, the tie in with Hamlet seemed a bit much Explaining the origin in Jennifer Murdley worked This one seemed like he was trying too hard to make you think cool origin story Meh It just felt awkward.Maybe I am getting burned out on these books as I just slammed through 3 in 2 days I need to still get the last one though, so I ll have a cooling off period. Good children s books deserves to be read by adults as well If it s really good, the story will appeal to readers of any age If it s downright excellent, it can re awaken the child within for the space it takes to read the book Maybe it s because I went to a pre school run on the system of Maria Montessori, whose watchword was follow the child , but I can t help but see that as a beneficial exercise Bruce Coville is a prolific American writer of fiction for children whom I first discovered in my 20s, with the My Teacher Is An Alien books I was impressed by how real and believable his characters are, children, grown ups and aliens, how well his imagination conjures up situations and settings that invoke a sense of wonder and how he handles larger messages and themes in a way that s not preachy or intrusive and alive to the many sides of any given issue Most of all, I was taken by Coville s obvious joy in the art of storytelling In this book, Coville tackles one of the big issues any fictioneer has to grapple with at some point truth When Charles Egglestone stumbles into a mysterious shop and winds up shoplifting a talking skull, he finds that the skull s magical powers have made it impossible for him to lie any At first, disaster follows, because the truth is not always the convenient or even the right thing to blurt out Gradually, he gains a deeper, richer sense of what truth is all about, how it can be found both in fact and fiction and how it can be used for good, although it is in itself morally neutral I was particularly glad that Coville keeps that last point very clearly in sight Truthfulness isn t a magic key to virtue it s still up to us to keep our eyes open and work out the ethics of everything we do I can think of vast tomes written for a putatively grown up audience that miss this point That exposition of the books themes probably sounds dry But this book isn t It s hilarious, poignant and inventive, and manages to invoke a character from Big Bill Shakespeare s plays see if you can guess which one and give him a back and front story, if I can put it that way, which is as resonant and memorable as anything from the Bard s plays I get a real kick out of a piece of fiction that can engage with one of the classics and emerge enriched rather than simply bested by the experience, and the former is certainly the case here Neil Gaiman has done this sort of thing well at points in his career Sandman for instance and not so well at other points the Beowulf film If I had a child between the ages of 7 and 11 at my disposal, I would entreat him or her to read this book But since I don t, I m just as happy to have had the chance to read it myself. This is the lowest review I ve given since I joined Goodreads As others have noted, the rating system doesn t allow for nuances, so let me explain After enjoying all the other Magic Shop books by Bruce Coville particularly Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher Jennifer Murdley s Toad over the years, I expected to feel similarly about The Skull of Truth The right elements were all there a likeable but somewhat troubled kid, an intriguing magical object, a challenge to overcome and I really liked some portions of the plot, particularly how Charlie copes with his friend s cancer The end just didn t work for me, however too mystical and strange The other thing that surprised and disappointed me was the homosexual angle Sure, it s everywhere now, but in a children s book written in the mid 1990s Not that it was graphic in any degree and the main character struggled with the unwelcome knowledge about his uncle , but it was clearly condoned in the name of truth Basically, I won t be reading this book with my kids at bedtime I read this book aloud with my boys and it was another enjoyable installment in the Magic Shop series It had a lot of good lessons to teach about the truth and why it s important and the story had a fair amount of suspense in it, though some kids might find parts a little scary The ending felt a little rushed and the story dealt with some topics that were a little heavier than you would expect in a kids novel so we glossed over some parts since my boys are only 6, maybe we ll re read it for those parts when they re a little older. This is not one of my favorites of Bruce Coville I read this with my daughter who was 9 at the time because she liked the other books in the series However, I am glad that I read it with her because the author threw in a homosexual uncle I really wasn t ready to talk about this issue with my daughter and I was upset that there wasn t any sort of warning on this book Needless to say I did some creative editing while reading it to her Wish I had known ahead of time It s too bad because there were other aspects of the story that were really good. This book was very good, but contained adult themes that I was shocked to find That is why I gave it a 3 Not for children under 13 I don t think that the issue of gay vs strait should be in kids books. Charlie Eggelston should have never belived what his Uncle Bennie told him about toads Put a toad into your mouth, count to one hundred, and you ll be able to talk toad talk Well, Charlie foolishly believes him.Charlie s friend, Gilbert Dawkins, finds a toad With Mark Evans another friend of Charlie by his side, he tells them what his Uncle Bennie said about toads Gilbert thinks that it is ridicluos, but sly Mark tricks him into doing it anyway.Popping the toad into his mouth, Gilbert begins to count One of the teachers, Miss Pitwing, rushes over to make him stop When he does, she demands to know why he did it Well, C Chalie told me if I put the toad in my mouth, I d be able to talk to it mumbled Gilbert.Turning to Charlie, Miss Pitwing growles, Is this true Chalie nodded his head, but then added, Mark said it, too I did not yelled Mark Lair In the end, Gilbert and Mark get away Only Charlie gets into trouble He gets into trouble with everyone His parents Mark s parents The teachers Gilbert s parents.But that was only the beginning.A few years later Charlie still hasn t broken the habbit he has fallen into a nasty habbit of lying He lies about everything and everyone One of those lies gets him into trouble that will change his life Forever.Mark and Charlie used to be good frineds, but over the years they d become enemies Running from Mark and his gang, Charlie wades through Tucker s Swamp to escape But suddenly, he finds himself in a dense part of the swamp he has never been in before Walking along, he discoveres a magical shop run by a man who called himself Mr Elvies Behind the counter is a skull.Asking the skull a directed question can be deadly Unfortunaetly, that s just what Charlie does Charlie feels a sudden urge to posses the skull He steals it before he can stop himself Bringing it home, he embarks on the adventure of two lifetimes when the skull talks to him and tells him the meaning of truth.I loved this book The meaning was clear, and written in a wonderful way However, the author didn t write on every single page Tell the truth , but intead hid it inside the plot and dialoge I thought this book was wonderful and very funny How did the athuor come up with all those jokes The characters were also very lifelike I think it was also very exciting. The newest of the series that I could get from Libby Published in 1999 it talks about folks being gay in a way that is pretty close normal to how things are approached now, which was wild and great Big theme in this one is death and loss and truth Woof Good though.

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Skull of Truth
  • Bruce Coville
  • English
  • 27 March 2018
  • 9780152060848