The House With a Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs is probably the most peculiar book I’ll be writing about this month. It’s creepy and bizarre, but in a good way. The story start with recently orphaned Lewis moving into his Uncle Jonathan’s spooky old house. When he finds out his eccentric uncle and their nice old neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are actually wizards, Lewis is ecstatic. But when he wakes up one night to find his uncle looking for a ‘clock in the walls’, things start to get strange.
Uncle Jonathan soon tells Lewis that a pair of evil wizard lived in the house before them, and the clock is ticking down to doomsday. Soon Lewis takes it upon himself to help find the clock and destroy it, before it can destroy the world. Add to that some awkward friend-making, necromancy, late night car chases, and creepy Edward Gorey illustrations, and you’ve got yourself a fantastically weird children’s book that is also fun for adults too.
““Oh by the way,” he said, “you might bring Lewis a glass of iced tea, and get me a refill. No sugar. And bring out another plate of chocolate chip cookies.”
Mrs. Zimmermann stood up and clasped her hands subserviently in front of her. “How would you like your cookies, sir? Stuffed down your throat one by one, or crumbled up and sifted into your shirt collar?”
Jonathan stuck out his tongue at her. “Ignore her, Lewis. She thinks she’s smart because she’s got more college degrees than I have.” -The House With a Clock In Its Walls (paperback) page 13
In the book, Mrs. Zimmermann serves freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on at least four different occasions. So it was only right that I keep up with this theme and make cookies myself!
It’s been a while since I’ve had just a plain classic chocolate chip cookie. About.com has a great vegan recipe that is super easy and delicious. It also made a ton of cookies, around 48. That way there’s tons to snack on and share with friends!