Kid’s Book Review: Carnival of the Clocks

Kid’s Book Review: Carnival of the Clocks

About the Book and Author/Illustrator

This is a fun Little Gem book written and illustrated by Nick Sharratt for young children about the Winter Solstice (on 21st December). It is published by Barrington Stoke.

On a dark winter’s evening at the end of December, something strange is happening in the school playground …


Carnival of the Clocks cover
Nick Sharratt

Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt has created illustrations for over two hundred and fifty books. As well as producing around sixty of his own titles he’s worked with numerous writers including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae and Kes Gray, his most famous collaboration being with Jacqueline Wilson, for whom he’s illustrated more than fifty novels.

His books include Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? the Shark in the Park series and the million-selling You Choose. He has won many national and regional book prizes, he has been the official illustrator for World Book Day, and he has also been honoured with a gold Blue Peter badge!

Book Review

This looks fun. Can we go?

Evan’s mum says: Carnival of the clocks is a beautiful book to help celebrate children the shortest day of the year.
Evan loved the colourful illustrations and shouting out the various shapes he spotted. Evan told me the dinosaur lantern was a little bit scary but still his favourite!
Evan laughed lots at the cuckoo clock, he just loved running around saying ‘cuckoo’, it really sparked his interest so we ended up looking at lots of online videos of different clocks.
His favourite part was all the big fireworks at the end.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Evan
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: Mr Bean, dancing and riding my scooter
  • Dislikes: onions and bedtime
  • Favourite TV Show: Mr Bean
  • Favourite Book: Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton