Steampunking for younger readers, well, let’s have a look
What’s it about?
When 13-year-old Lily’s inventor father vanishes after a Zeppelin crash, Lily’s determined to hunt down the truth behind his disappearance, helped by Robert, the local clockmaker’s son, and her wily mechanical fox Malkin. But shadowy figures are closing in and treachery lurks among the smoky spires of London – along with a life-changing secret.
Be swept away by airships and flabbergasted by dastardly plots in this extraordinary and wildly imaginative debut, bursting with invention and adventure.
Let’s start with the gorgeous cover. Really unique, I love the hand drawn style, and it shows off lots of the story in a really unique way. It grabs you in an interesting way.
The story is just the same. Lots of pretty descriptions of the Victorian world they live in. It painted a suitable world where there were automatons, airships and adventure. It certainly had a few twists in there, and I did not expect them to end up where they did!
The main character on this adventure were Lily and Robert, but it was their clockwork fox, Malkin that stole it for me. His turn of phrase and attitude. Brilliant.
One of my favourite characters was an automaton that had a way with words, like when she was surprised she’d find suitable steampunk alliteration, “Clockwork and cogwheels.” I looked forward to every shock and surprise she had, and there were plenty.
Peter Bunzl painted some fantastic villains in this book. I particularly hated Madame Verdigris. She’s only a minor villain to the piece, but one that I flicked through pages hoping to see her get her just desserts. I think the other ‘big bad’ was okay. He had all too good a reason to be the big bad, but there were little bits where they touched upon why, but I wanted a bit more desperation to it. I did really like Roach and Mould. Really well done, and really creepy.
Overall, I think Cogheart is a fun adventure for kids. A good starting point for taking them down a steampunk journey. I do look forward to where author Peter Bunzl takes us next. Here’s hoping we get to see more of the world he has created.
You can pick up Cogheart in bookshops, or Amazon UK.