Around the Clock

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This wacky romp from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast includes entertaining antics for every hour, on the hour. Counting time has never been so fun!

From 12 to 1, Lynn eats baloney
With her imaginary friend, Tony.

From 1 to 2, in his fanciest pants,
Don is digging a hole to France.

Do you ever wonder what your friends, enemies, brothers, ...

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Overview

This wacky romp from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast includes entertaining antics for every hour, on the hour. Counting time has never been so fun!

From 12 to 1, Lynn eats baloney
With her imaginary friend, Tony.

From 1 to 2, in his fanciest pants,
Don is digging a hole to France.

Do you ever wonder what your friends, enemies, brothers, sisters, and children are doing in the hours when you’re not there? This kooky twenty-four-hour tour of a day in the life of twenty-three different children will reveal answers from the absurd…to the hilarious…to the absurdly hilarious!

Beloved New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is at her finest in this picture book brimming with her trademark stamp of zany humor.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Maria Russo
There's nothing wrong with pushing on your little ones…the growing genre of dark-humor picture books by funny, acerbic authors of grown-up books…even if part of you suspects that most of the fun will fly right over their heads. Reading these books aloud will bring you joy, and joy is a good thing for adults to "model," as the parenting experts say, for children. The latest candidate for this is Roz Chast's new picture book, Around the Clock. It's a rhyming walk through the hours of the day with a cast of the New Yorker cartoonist's usual hilariously anxious, socially challenged degenerates, only child-size…In Chast's world, the emotions that most picture books aim to help children manage are given gloriously subversive free reign.
Publishers Weekly
10/20/2014
There are only so many hours in a day, but Chast (Marco Goes to School) rules them all as she checks in on 23 geeky kids who each put a highly idiosyncratic stamp on a single, 60-minute interval. Much of the behavior she chronicles hour by hour is transgressive—or at least not on an adult agenda. “From 7 to 8, Billy’s muse/ tells him to paint the room chartreuse,” she writes, showing a young man enthusiastically spreading paint on every available surface in his bedroom. But an hour is also time enough to perform a good deed (“From 5 to 6, Steve is able/ to help his mother set the table”) or to come closer to fulfilling one’s dream (“From 11 to 12, though no one can see him/ David is planning a sock museum”). As in Chast’s brilliant work for the New Yorker, anxiety and happiness are never far from one another in these pages—the kid whose hour features a rendezvous with a frozen treat truck doesn’t look too different from the kid whose hour is marred by toothpaste that tastes “icky.” Ages 4–8. Agent: Jin Auh, Wylie Agency. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
01/01/2015
K-Gr 3—New Yorker cartoonist Chast presents a zany, hour-by-hour look at the activities of 23 different kids. A simple sentence in verse describes each child ("From 8 to 9, please observe Ricky:/Why does his toothpaste taste so icky?"), but the off-the-wall mayhem of Chast's illustrations is what makes this quirky offering stand out. Some of the antics are downright odd ("From 11 to 12, though no one can see him,/Dave is planning a sock museum"), while others are more conventional ("From 2 to 3, Ian's in school./Long division can be so cruel."). However, the manic, bug-eyed expressions of the children and humorously bizarre details in the spreads (Steve setting the table for his mother—with a saw, scissors, and a hammer) infuse each of the examples with a surreal tone. Wild, frantic, even neurotic, these caricaturelike figures aren't typical picture book fare, but they'll elicit more than a few laughs. Riffing on Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, the conclusion loops back to the first verse in a sly twist that readers young and old will appreciate. Though nothing here is inappropriate, a sophisticated, even adult sense of humor runs through the book. While some may find this title a bit disconcerting, most should see it as good, ridiculous fun, and future fans of alternative comic artists will eat this one right up.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-22
All kinds of things can happen in a 24-hour period. A series of common-sense-challenged characters engage in some odd behaviors that range from merely messy through weird to downright grotesque. Beginning at 6 a.m., when Pete sips a drink, and moving through the day and night in hourly increments, readers meet Hazel Jane and her 100 marbles, Lynn and her imaginary friend, the odiferous Shelley and an assortment of other strange people. It finishes with Pete again, having nightmares from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Each activity is described in rhyming couplets that range from the simplistic "up/cup" to the tortured "muse/chartreuse" and only hint at what is actually happening. In a style similar to that of Steven Kellogg, Chast's ink-and-watercolor cartoon illustrations are filled with all the detail that is omitted from the text. Pete has turned his kitchen into a disaster area of spilled food and dinosaur toys, while Hazel Jane is dropping marbles down the drain one by one. Steve has set the dinner table with the usual dishes and cutlery, but he has added a hammer, saw, scissors and more. All the characters have round bug eyes and appear permanently startled. Young readers will have fun examining these vignettes many times to find new and amusing elements. Entertaining nonsense. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416984764
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/13/2015
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 332,615
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roz Chast

Roz Chast is a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker and is the illustrator of Steve Martin’s popular children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. She is also the author and illustrator of Too Busy Marco, Marco Goes to School, and Around the Clock.

Roz Chast is a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker and is the illustrator of Steve Martin’s popular children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. She is also the author and illustrator of Too Busy Marco, Marco Goes to School, and Around the Clock.

Biography

Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978 - since then more than a thousand of her cartoons have appeared in the magazine, as well as in Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, Mother Jones, and many others. Michiko Kakutani has described her work as taking place in “a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew." She has written or illustrated more than a dozen books, and much of her work is collected in Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006.
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