14 May 2015

What's The Time, Clockodile - Book Review

You know how hairdressers always have fascinating tales to share? Mine once told me about this lady who couldn't tell the time. She could in a way, but only using a digital watch. The poor thing could not read the hands of a traditional clock. My lovely hairdresser, bless her, attributed this to laziness. People just forget what they learned growing up in favour of easier options. Like reading a number display on a mobile phone or a digital watch instead of telling time off clock hands.

That may well be the case when my little J is all grown up. Why, people may have forgotten what a hand-written note looks like. It does not mean he should not learn to tell the time properly, using the big and little hands off the face of a clock.

                   What's The Time, Clockodile - a book by Little Tiger Press UK

There are ways and means to make telling time fun for little ones. What's The Time, Clockodile aims to do just that. This latest offering from the printers at Little Tiger Press UK aims to help children tell the time with a clickety-clackety clock.

I love that the book is hard-board. It looks built to sustain prolonged abuse as little hands turn the clock hands first one way, then the other. The clock itself is a good size with nice, bold numbers that even young children will be able to identify with ease.

Looking inside What's The Time, Clockodile - a book by Little Tiger Press UK


The clickety-clackety clock hands are sturdy. They have used two different colours to differentiate the big hand from the little one. This is extremely useful when you are trying to explain o'clocks to young minds, as I found out for myself. Here's how we got on on our first outing with the What's The Time, Clockodile book.



The story takes you through a day in the life of Clockodile and Little Bear as they do things at certain times of day. It talks about a whole hour, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour. There is also an introduction to minutes.

There are factual statements at the bottom that summarise the concept discussed on that page. And there is the inevitable reference to the digital watch. Can't escape that, not when you are living in the digital age.

Apart from how to tell the time, there is one other thing that might take a bit of explaining. Why the crocodile is called Clockodile! Children don't do puns, a vital lesson to remember when I pen my first book.

What's The Time, Clockodile is not a one-off read. It is a book that will stay with your child through their time-learning journey and will bear retelling time and time again.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of this book for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own.

32 comments:

  1. This book surely looks interesting! I agree when you say, there might be a time when people will forget all the traditional stuff. I still write handwritten letters to my sister, just to keep it personalised :)

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    1. I try and write a few things, but it still is mostly typing these days.

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  2. This book looks like a brilliant way to make learning about time fun. My twins are just starting to learn and would be perfect for them.

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    1. It is really good, J is getting to grips with half past now.

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  3. This is such a fun book - my niece would love it!

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  4. Very interesting!
    Reading the clock is important not only for telling time, but for judging proportions, seeing how time flows and repeated.

    I think my kids would get the pun of Clockodile

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    1. Mine is a little bit too young to get it. Though he will appreciate it once I've explained it to him.

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  5. That book looks great - we struggled to find a good tell the time book for our children. Tell the Time snap is also worth getting :)

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    1. I am pleased with this. Will look at the Time snap one as well.

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  6. This does look like a lovely, fun book - one for my nephew I think.

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    1. It will make a lovely present for little nephews and nieces.

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  7. What a great little book! Will need to get this

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  8. aww what a fun little book one for my little ones me thinks

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  9. What a great book. I love that it is interaction and the kids can really get involved

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    1. I think the interactive bit really helps, Jen. Keeps them interested, and allows the concept to sink in easily.

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  10. We are teaching Eliza to tell the time and i know this would really help

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  11. this would be useful for reception and key stage 1 at my school .

    lovely book

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    1. I am sure the children will love it!

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  12. What a lovely book. I know they teach telling the time at school but this is a good way to get a head start.

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    1. He has a digital watch, so knows about time. ALways good to get the basics in before they get caught up in the modernisation :)

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  13. What a fun little book to help children learn to tell the time! x

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  14. This sounds like a great book, I'm sure I saw it somewhere too recently! POD is (kind of!) learning to tell the time, or ignore when bedtime is, so it would be great for her. Thank you for sharing x

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    1. Ha ha! J can tell the time a little bit now. Still doesn't stop him ignoring bed time :)

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  15. I love the sound of this book, it is so good to have something to learn from and interact with x

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  16. This looks like a really lovely book! .. i love books that have the option to actively take part in :-)

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  17. oh i have read this to my little one and have t say we enjoyed it

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  18. I love the look of this book, really fun and a great way to start thinking about how clocks work.

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    1. Hmm, he still hasn't queried that bit. Am sure that will follow soon. I better have my answers ready.

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  19. Loving the look of this book; such a great idea to incorporate clock into a book

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  20. I think so too Agata. It is being put to great use to tell time

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  21. what a lovely book! I think I need to pick it up for W as he's so interested in learning the time! x

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  22. We love Little Tiger Press and this book! Lovely review. Kaz x

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