Press:Holiday House Holiday House (March 1, 2004)
Author Name:Kes Gray,Mary McQuillan
It's 4 o'cluck in the morning.
Another day is dawning....Colin the rooster puffs out his chest.
Ready to do what he doodle-doos best.
Telling the time has never been funnier, as the hens clock watch from food time until fox time.
But there may not be a next time unless Colin and the hens save themselves from the greedy fox.
From the jacket illustration of an alarmed-looking rooster clutching an egg-shaped clock and inside pictures of tea-cozy-shaped chickens to the motif of tiny eggs on chicken feet decorated with the hands of a clock, this story fairly squawks with "timely" comedy.
A mother hen narrates (in rhyme) a day in the life of chickens on a farm.
She counts the minutes, starting four "o'cluck" in the morning when the chickens first fluff their feathers, then gives an hour-by-hour account of the day, inside and outside the henhouse.
She even sprinkles in more precise times, which are shown on the egg clocks.
It's 10:57 p.m.
when the chickens hear a fox outside the henhouse, an event so heart-stopping that the hen forgets time for eight pages! A winsome story to be sure, as well as a great way to learn about time.
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About the Author
Kes Gray is the author of several children's picture books, including Eat Your Peas, which Kirkus Reviews praised as a "zany but telling tale," and The Get Well Soon Book: Good Wishes for Bad Times, a collaboration with Mary McQuillan.Mary McQuillan has illustrated a number of humorous picture books for children.
Booklist praised her art for Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock for catching "all the Humor and rollicking antics."
Children's Books,Animals,Farm Animals
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Comment List (Total:7)
- I am partial to farm animal books, especially chickens, and if you're like me you will love reading this book to your little one. It's a cute story and I love the illustrations.
- It was an on read. Did not hold the kids attention.
- I first encountered Cluck O'clock many years ago when I was teaching at a farm camp. The kids insisted I read it to them everyday. I give it to everyone who has kids and it is in the regular rotation of books my children love. I have no idea why it is out of print. Whenever I see a copy at a used bookstore I buy it because I am afraid I won't be able to find it again. This is a fantastic book and great to read aloud.
- Book was received well before date expected, but words were spelt wrong in the book. Horses were eating tea instead of grain, very odd since it was a previous library book.
- "Cluck O'Clock" is the current favorite of my 3-year old, who loves the rhythm of the story and the detailed pictures. This is one of the very few books I can read forty times over without wishing I could hide it. The pictures are adorable and clever, the story will amuse you both, and there's even a bit of suspense that my toddler finds fun - especially since all ends well when the "villain", a fox called Olga, is turned away from the henhouse by a brave rooster. An all-around fun book for when your little one is ready to move beyond the simplicity and short length of board books.I also highly recommend the author's other book, "Our Twitchy".
- Cluck O'clockThis is a wonderful and funny story about how the hens in the hen house spend their day. My grand children and I have a good laugh reading it together and the art work compliments the tale. There is just one problem: this is the second copy of this book that I have purchased where the binding almost immediately gives way and you are left with a handful of loose pages. Because of this, I won't be ordering it again.
- This is such a fun and rollicking story - it is enjoyable even on the 100th read! My 3yo loves it!