Johnny the Clockmaker by Edward Ardizzone


Johnny the Clockmaker by Edward Ardizzone

Johnny loves making things and whenever he has spare time he can be found hammering and banging and sawing up pieces of wood. But his parents don't think much of his hobby. 'Oh dear!' they cry whenever he begins, 'JOHNNY IS UP TO HIS NONSENSE AGAIN.' So it comes as no surprise that when he decides to make a grandfather clock they call him silly and tell him to do something 'useful' instead. In fact, the only person who believes Johnny can do it is Susannah. Will Johnny be able to build his very own grandfather clock, with only the help of Susannah and Joe the Blacksmith?


4 stars - A lovely tale of a boy with determination! The clear print and eloquent illustrations would make this a good present for someone who has just learned to read. Spectator A classic, evergreen tale from the master storyteller/ illustrator. A gentle, funny tale of perseverance against the odds. Irish Examiner How grateful I am that Frances Lincoln are allowing the book a fresh chance to claim its place in the pantheon by more than matching the quality of production of the earlier editions. Books for Keeps

About the Author

Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900. His family moved to Ipswich in 1905 and lived there until Ardizzone was fourteen. It was in Ipswich, as he later wrote, that he "...learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that I have drawn so often in the Tim books."

Ardizzone illustrated more than 170 books and his outstanding work in the field of children's book illustration was recognised when he won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956. The adventures of Tim are firm favourites with readers, young and old, throughout the world.

He lived in Maida Vale in London for most of his life, but was away for the whole war, working as an official War Artist.

Edward Ardizzone was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and was appointed CBE in 1971.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

13th November 2008



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