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Description - Thirteen O'Clock by James Stimsom

This is the story of a very normal girl on an almost normal night in a fairly normal house. Normal that is except for a not-so-normal clock whose numbers count not to twelve but to a spooky thirteen. An extraordinary book about the antics of a perks prankster in paijamas. Filled with sly word play rich langauge, atmospheric illustrations, that remind us that things are not always as they seem and there is more than fright to be had from things that go bump in the night!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811848398
ISBN-10: 0811848396
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 194mm x 9mm)
Pages: 40
Imprint: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Thirteen O'Clock by James Stimsom

US Kirkus Review » A film animator for James and the Giant Peach makes his children's book debut with this entertaining, deliciously quirky chronicle of a "ring-rackety clock-oddity" that chimes at 13 o'clock and a small girl in a "fairly normal house" who "thought it all quite nice." Suspense builds with each bing, clank and toll of the clock: "The next horrifying chime numbering 9 / led to a curious clatter numbering 10, / the tenth tone to a horrendous number 11! / And with each haunting cue there came another / more horticulturally hideous than the other." Internal rhyme, alliteration and whimsical wordplay abound, making this poetic story a delight for wordsmiths and a rather hypnotic read-aloud for the younger set who may not yet revel in sentences such as "Is it a peculiar pendulum with a precarious pivot?" Stimson's stylized pencil illustrations, mostly black-and-white but tinged with mildew-green, recall Lane Smith's work and crawl and swirl with spriteful frights, pumpkin creep sisters and other spooky sorts. Innovative designs and varied font sizes add to the fun of this offbeat offering. (Picture book. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - James Stimsom

James Stimson is a freelance illustrator who has worked extensively on film animation including the film version of James and the Giant Peach This is his first book. I wonder what his thirteenth will be like.