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ISBN13: 9780811848398
ISBN10: 0811848396
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Publisher Comments:

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 twelve but a spooky thirteen.

James Stimson's extraordinary book about the antics of a perky prankster in pajamas is a feast of words and pictures. Filled with sly wordplay, atmospheric illustrations, and a baker's dozen of spritely, spooky, spunky characters, it reminds readers that more fun than fright can be had from things that go bump, bong, groan, clatter, squeak, and gong in the night.

Review:

"What happens when the clock in an old house strikes thirteen? 'Atop the mysterious old clock/ a hidden hatch flipped./ And upon the freaky 1st of thirteen o'clock's tones,/ from it sprang a spriteful fright.' Newcomer Stimson (who worked on the animation for James and the Giant Peach) weaves wacky word webs as he calls the roll of 13 strange creatures that emerge from the clock. They move 'sneaking sneakily.../ creeping creepily.../ to the small girl's room at the end of the hall.' Is she in for a terrible shock? No! It's the creatures' turn to be frightened 'when the ghoul crew realized that the uncanny culprit/ behind the bewildering plot/ was the prankster in pajamas, their small friend, not a fiend.' Stimson's pencil illustrations appropriately take shape in shadowy black and ghostly white, with only shades of olive and brown for color. The creatures liberated by the clock appear as flat geometric shapes, big blockheads with dots for eyes and little sprites with antennas and stick feet. Whirling winds wail through the scenes, and plenty of typographical pyrotechnics — crooked typesetting, large and small fonts, and occasional hand-lettering — add visual punch. Stimson's free-associating free-verse and bold use of an eclectic, alliterative vocabulary ('Is it a peculiar pendulum with a precarious pivot?') make this a fine read-aloud choice — at any hour of the day or night. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[An] entertaining, deliciously quirky chronicle....[A] delight for wordsmiths....Innovative designs and varied font sizes add to the fun of this offbeat offering." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"...Stimson's Thirteen O'Clock definitely isn't a rehash of pumpkin path lore or silly gore. Oh no. It's so much more." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"Spooky and strange enough to last long past Halloween, this tale...can raise goose-bumps." Children's Literature

Review:

"Quirky and offbeat, this story is unlikely to find an audience." School Library Journal

About the Author

James Stimson is a freelance illustrator who has worked extensively on film animation (he was the cut-out character designer for the film version of James and the Giant Peach.) He lives in Northern California and this is his first book.

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miss_anthrope, October 11, 2006 (view all comments by miss_anthrope)
This is an absolutely wonderful book! The text is very be-bop keroac-y, with wonderful puns and lovely imagery. I would extend the age recommendation to 10 years old, in fact I think slightly older children may appreciate the rthymic language play more than the very young. I work in a public library that is heavily used by children and parents and will recommend it to as many of them as I can!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811848398
Author:
Stimson, James
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Clocks and watches
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Halloween
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.52x7.86x.39 in. .75 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 40 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811848398 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What happens when the clock in an old house strikes thirteen? 'Atop the mysterious old clock/ a hidden hatch flipped./ And upon the freaky 1st of thirteen o'clock's tones,/ from it sprang a spriteful fright.' Newcomer Stimson (who worked on the animation for James and the Giant Peach) weaves wacky word webs as he calls the roll of 13 strange creatures that emerge from the clock. They move 'sneaking sneakily.../ creeping creepily.../ to the small girl's room at the end of the hall.' Is she in for a terrible shock? No! It's the creatures' turn to be frightened 'when the ghoul crew realized that the uncanny culprit/ behind the bewildering plot/ was the prankster in pajamas, their small friend, not a fiend.' Stimson's pencil illustrations appropriately take shape in shadowy black and ghostly white, with only shades of olive and brown for color. The creatures liberated by the clock appear as flat geometric shapes, big blockheads with dots for eyes and little sprites with antennas and stick feet. Whirling winds wail through the scenes, and plenty of typographical pyrotechnics — crooked typesetting, large and small fonts, and occasional hand-lettering — add visual punch. Stimson's free-associating free-verse and bold use of an eclectic, alliterative vocabulary ('Is it a peculiar pendulum with a precarious pivot?') make this a fine read-aloud choice — at any hour of the day or night. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[An] entertaining, deliciously quirky chronicle....[A] delight for wordsmiths....Innovative designs and varied font sizes add to the fun of this offbeat offering."
"Review" by , "...Stimson's Thirteen O'Clock definitely isn't a rehash of pumpkin path lore or silly gore. Oh no. It's so much more."
"Review" by , "Spooky and strange enough to last long past Halloween, this tale...can raise goose-bumps."
"Review" by , "Quirky and offbeat, this story is unlikely to find an audience."
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