Parents' Guide to

Around the Clock

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Wacky walk through a day in the life of 23 quirky kids.

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Famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's quirky characters are always a touch off-kilter; even when they're happy, they seem a bit manic. Her rhyming text is spare and simple with a few good vocabulary words ("chartreuse," "morsel") sprinkled in.

Chast's frenetic artwork is the heart of this picture book, but it may not appeal to every child (or parent). The characters are scaled big and look like teens and adults, making it more difficult for young ones to relate to them, and the dense artwork might overwhelm some. And the sly humor isn't to everyone's taste. But many more will enjoy the giddy style and savor the abundant humorous touches in each one- and two-page illustration.

Book Details

  • Author: Roz Chast
  • Illustrator: Roz Chast
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: January 13, 2015
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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