- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Paperback: 237 pages
- Publisher: Month9Books, LLC (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944816607
- ISBN-13: 978-1944816605
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tick Tock Man Paperback – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
R.M. Clark is a computer scientist for the Department of Navy by day and children's book writer by night. He lives in Swansea, Massachusetts.
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Top Customer Reviews
As someone who knows very little about how analog clocks work, I was surprised by how easy it was to understand and remember all of the timepiece references in this tale. They were all described so clearly that I could picture them as soon as the characters talked about how certain pieces of a clock fit together or what function they serve. This was something I was expecting to possibly struggle with, so it was nice to have it all explained so fully.
There were pacing problems. I especially noticed them in the beginning when CJ was preparing for Thanksgiving dinner by winding up and setting out many different clocks at his house. It was interesting to read about that tradition, but it did slow down the plot because of how much time was spent discussing it without really mentioning why this was so important to him or to his family. I would have liked to have at least one hint early on about what was going on there. Those scenes felt out of place to me without it.
With that being said, the world building in this books was really well done. It only became more complex over time, and that made me eager to see how everything would connect together by the last scene. The author did a nice job of slowly revealing each layer to what was going on in Furtwangen, the clock world, and why some of the things that were shared early on could be interpreted in all kinds of ways depending on how much you knew about them.
The other difficulty I had with the storyline had to do with how many new terms were thrown at CJ. There were terms for the various factions in the clock world who were at war with each other, and there were also terms for people who had certain powers or identities there as well. I found it confusing to keep up with all of these terms because of how quickly the main character was introduced to them. Many of them were introduced at once, and not all of them were explained right away. This made it hard to remember what they all meant.
Fuzee was so brave and kind. I liked the fact that she was the first person CJ met when he travelled to Furtwangen. She balanced out his cautious and sometimes less trustful personality nicely, especially once the plot sped up and both of these characters began to find themselves in dangerous situations. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones where CJ and Fuzee simply showed the audience their unique responses to all of the unexpected things that happened to them. Her personality complemented his perfectly.
The Tick Tock Man was a wild ride. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for an adventure.
originally posted at long and short YA reviews
This is a wonderful story about a boy growing into a young man. I felt for poor CJ when his grandfather and father accuse him of breaking the Hoffhalder. What a bunch of jerks!! But I loved Furtwangen. What an amazing world centering on clocks! But I have to say that Fuzee made the story. She was a strong female lead and the perfect opposite to CJ.
This is a wonderful midgrade story that will appeal to everyone. You will learn so much about analog clocks. It’s easy to get into this story and hard to leave when you finish the book. This is one to check out.
I received The Tick Tock Man from the author and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
I like how everything was based on some type of clock. Be it a part, a piece of the clock, anything. Even the characters within the world were some part of the clock. I found that to be adorable.
I personally do not like CJ’s dad. Grounding him for a month over breaking the clock on accident was a bit extreme. Good thing for the mom. Also, did not enjoy the grandparents I know there are grandparents out there like those I just hope they are few and far between. I would hope the parents would stand up to those kind of rude and condescending grandparents!
I was able to read this book in a few hours even though I needed to break it up into two days. It was rather enjoyable. The book flowed rather well, and kept a steady pace.