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Tick Tock Clock

Tick Tock Clock

by Margery Cuyler, Robert Neubecker

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Tick tock, nine o’clock! The twins are ready for a day with Grandma. But is Grandma ready for them?


Tick tock, nine o’clock! The twins are ready for a day with Grandma. But is Grandma ready for them?

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School Library Journal
PreS-K—The daylong activities of twin girls and their grandmother are told through two- and three- word sentences all rhyming with "tock." "Tick Tock./Ten o'clock./Tick Tock./Messy smocks." Each hour sees the children playing with blocks, eating lunch on the dock, chasing a flock, and walking a block, until Mom comes to pick them up and Grandma and her cat can fall "Asleep like a rock!" This phonics reader uses word repetition, consistent vowel sound of the short "o," and a steady rhythm to create a successful reading experience for new readers, and Neubecker's energetic illustrations fill in the details. Children will also enjoy watching the antics of a busy cat throughout. Analog clocks appear on the endpapers but not in the text, making this story more about the reading experience and less about telling time. A solid addition that beginning readers will want to share with Grandma.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Grandma spends a busy day with her twin granddaughters in a day filled with action, rhythm and rhyme. A tribute to the short "o," this book for very new readers is filled with the "–ock" sound, as in: o'clock, tick tock, knock, smock, block, dock, flock, walk, block, lock and wok. With four to six words per page, in two-word sentences, two girls, dressed in matching red outfits are welcomed by their bespectacled grandmother, who is up for anything. From finger painting to building with blocks to picnicking on the dock, tick tock, the day with Grandma is full of fun. Neubecker's sunny illustrations, in rich reds, yellows and greens, perfectly reflect the spare, very easy-to-read text. Each illustration is set on a white, unframed background and is set apart from the text, making it nicely legible. The repetition of words, particularly "Tick tock," helps beginning readers build confidence. It's strange that with all the references to the clock, there are no clocks in the illustrations, which is an opportunity lost. Children are interested in clocks and time and thus will note their absence; though the endpapers are festooned with them, set to varying times, this will not entirely compensate. Any new reader lucky enough to spend a day with Grandma will want to read this to her. (Early reader. 3-5)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
My First I Can Read Series
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler is a writer, editor, and lover of books for young people. Her books include That's Good! That's Bad!; 100th Day Worries; The Biggest, Best Snowman; and Skeleton Hiccups. Margery lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, two sons, and two cats.

Robert Neubecker is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed WOW! books, which include Wow! City!, Wow! School!, and Wow! Ocean!, as well as the illustrator of John Lithgow’s I Got Two Dogs and Sarah Weeks’s Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth. His books have been named ALA Notable Books, and his work is often included in the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. Robert is also a regular contributor to many national media publications, including the New York Times, Slate.com, and the Wall Street Journal.

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