Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle
Philip Dodd’s Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle is set on the world of Ankor, not too far from Earth as it turns out, where the race known as turkles live. Amongst the turkles, inventors are rare and respected members of society, inventing all sorts of useful things like wheels and pencil sharpeners. Klubbe, having started life as a hermit turkle, was surprised one day by an encounter with a globb fish, which overturned his life view and gave him an idea. Staring up at the sky, Klubbe realised that he wanted to explore the oceans of sky above him, and the idea of a flying coracle came to him. His desire to make his idea real made him realise that his life’s aim was to be an inventor: the inventor of the first flying craft.
Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle is an enchanting story, light-hearted and following Klubbe through his adventures as an inventor, wherein he meets many helpful and curious turkles, and even becomes close with the royal family of Ankor through his inventions. Philip Dodd perfectly evokes the simple, ordered rhythm of unhurried turkle life, the importance of food and friends, and the simple and optimistic outlook of a turkle. Anyone who loves Tolkien’s hobbits will find themselves drawn to turkle society, not to mention turkle food and architecture. A highly-recommended read, ideal for younger science-fiction fans.