James Thurber (1894-1961) was one of the preeminent American
humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century. Most famous for
his widely anthologized short story "The Secret Life of Walter
Mitty," he was a contributor to The New Yorker for more than
thirty years and wrote nearly forty books-collections of essays,
short stories, fables, and children's stories, including The
Wonderful O and the Caldecott Medal winner Many
Marc Simont (illustrations; 1915-2013) illustrated nearly a hundred books, among them James Thurber's The Wonderful O and a 1990 edition of Thurber's Many Moons. He worked with such authors as Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (on the Nate the Great series) and Margaret Wise Brown and won both a Caldecott Honor and a Caldecott Medal for his illustrations of children's books.
Neil Gaiman (introduction) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, and the Sandman series of graphic novels. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
"This book . . . is probably the best book in the world. And if
it's not the best book, then it's still very much like nothing
anyone has ever seen before, and, to the best of my knowledge, no
one's ever really seen anything like it since. . . . It's unique.
It makes people happier, like ice cream." -Neil Gaiman, from the
"One of the cleverest [fairy tales] that any modern writer has been able to tell." -Time
"Rich with ogres and oligarchs, riddles and wit. What distinguishes [The 13 Clocks] is not just quixotic imagination but Thurber's inimitable delight in language. . . . Thurber captivates the ear and captures the heart." -Newsweek
"There are spys, monsters, betrayals, hair's-breadth escapes, spells to be broken and all the usual accouterments, but Thurber gives the proceedings his own particular deadpan spin. . . . It all makes for a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that defies any conventional classification." -Los Angeles Times
"The great New Yorker humorist James Thurber wrote a few children's books, the best of which may be The 13 Clocks . . . . [Marc Simont] provided beautifully cartoonish yet subtle mini-paintings that convey Clocks' varying moods of gloom, menace, surprise, and joy." -Entertainment Weekly
"One of [Thurber's] best but overlooked works . . . A raucous play of words that sounds like poetry, reads like prose, and narrowly skirts the line between the ridiculous and the profound." -World Magazine
"If you liked The Princess Bride, you're going to like this. . . . If you remember Fractured Fairy Tales on Rocky and Bullwinkle, you'll like this. We suggest, read the beginning. We're not going to give away the plot, because it's all in the language with a book like this." -Daniel Pinkwater, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday