Het Uur van de Haan by Thea Dubelaar

Het Uur van de Haan 
Thea Dubelaar
(cover art by Philip Hopman)
Werkgroep Kinderboekenuitgevers (1998)
(no new price available)

Book review | Het uur van de haan by Thea Dubelaar | 4 stars

★★★★☆

Synopsis (English translation below)*

Er is een tropisch eiland waar tussen de bomen vreemde geluiden weerklinken, waar ’s nachts het kwaad ronddoolt en zwarte magie nog door tallozen wordt beoefend. Op dat eiland is Roy met vakantie. Hij voelt dat er gevaar dreigt, maar hij drukt dat angstige gevoel weg. Wat kan er nou misgaan? Dan duikt er een man op, een duister persoon wiens naam niet hardop uitgesproken mag worden…

There is a tropical island where between the trees strange noises resound, where at night evil roams, and black magic is still practiced by many. That’s the island Roy is vacationing on. He feels that danger is lurking about, but suppresses the fearful feeling. What can go wrong? Then, a man shows up, a dark person whose name may not be spoken aloud…

Review

A very short (50 pages), though highly entertaining Dutch children’s book. The story is easy to follow and continues to build in tension, until at the very end everything (of course everything, it’s a children’s book) is resolved, and the world is a bit of a better place again.

Because of its brevity, there’s not much to say of world building or character development; these are based on stereotypical ideas; tropical jungle, island, hot, magic; child who doesn’t know his heritage, lost, easy to manipulate. However, these stereotypes serve the story well, and make it understandable and relatable.

Check it out sometime if you’ve got a couple of minutes to spare.

*Freely translated from Dutch
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