TITLE: Fix That Clock
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Kurt Cyrus
PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2019
SYNOPSIS: “A construction crew rebuilds a rickety old clock tower that has become home to wild animals in this picture book for fans of Sheep in a Jeep and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
An underlying message of cooperation and conservation drives this rollicking introduction to counting and shapes.
The old clock tower used to stand tall and proud. Now, it’s rusty, dusty, moldy, musty. A construction team decides to turn zigzags into squares and get the clock chiming again. But wait: What will happen to all the animals who have made this dilapidated clock their home?
Nothing can’t be fixed and everyone is welcome in Fix That Clock, a celebration of hard work, compassion, and collaboration.”
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : It’s not often that the mere cover of a picture book stops me in my tracks. The cover of FIX THAT CLOCK reminded me of so many Dr. Seuss books I read as a child. I think it was the way author/illustrator Kurt Cyrus created that lovely, tilting clock that needs to be fixed. Or maybe it was the cleverly crafted rhyming lines like “Rats are nesting on the beams. Bats are resting in the seams.” that pulled me into the world of repairing this lovely timepiece. In the end, both workers and readers have an engineering wonder to gaze upon for the next century. Definitely a great addition to any library!
RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
“Eight-year-old Hailey loved wearing hats! She had a special hat for almost every adventure of the week! But what happens when she runs out of hats? Who will she be then?
HAILEY’S HATS celebrates one child’s imagination, while challenging ALL children to take another look in the mirror to see the fabulous person looking back at them!“
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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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