Around the Clock

Illustrated by Roz Chast
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About The Book

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.

About The Author

Photograph by Anne Hall

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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 2015)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416984764
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD580L

Raves and Reviews

"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.... As in Chast’s brilliant work for the New Yorker, anxiety and happiness are never far from one another in these pages.”

– Publishers Weekly, October 2014

"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.... Young readers will have fun examining these vignettes many times to find new and amusing elements. Amusing, entertaining nonsense."

– Kirkus Reviews, November 2014

"New Yorker cartoonist Chast presents a zany, hour-by-hour look at the activities of 23 different kids...the off-the-wall mayhem of Chast’s illustrations is what makes this quirky offering stand out...good, ridiculous fun, and future fans of alternative comic artists will eat this one right up."

– School Library Journal, January 2015

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