… a riveting good read …
I love it when I can relax into a story, enjoying the easy ride of a born story teller. Cogheart is just that type of book. With a host of clockwork mechanicals, including Mrs Rust and Mr Wingnut and a stubborn fox mechanimal, Lily and Robert race through a thrilling plot, fighting deliciously sinister mirror eyed villains towards a tremendous finale full of airship chases and clockwork skullduggery.
Peter Bunzel spins a well constructed story with immaculate pacing and lovely plot twists which create various anticipations to savour for a sharp eyed reader. Nothing is wasted or extraneous, though Peter takes time to add decorative Steampunky flourishes. It’s a great fun and I highly recommend it – probably in the 9 to 12 age range.
Cogheart is Peter Bunzl’s debut novel. He is a successful animator working on commercials, promos and 2 BAFTA winning kids’ TV shows. He has also written and directed several short films. This is why there’s a delightful mini website for this book: cogheart.com and some FREE gifs on offer.
Cover design moment: With Peter’s visual background, it’s not surprising that Cogheart has a great cover, map and occasional illustrations by a wonderful American artist, Becca Stadtlander. Her work really enhances the story.
Cogheart was published on 1st September 2016 by Usborne and recommended to me by Emily at A Festival of Books. Thanks, Em!