Clockodile Book Review

What's the time Clockodile?
What’s the time, Clockodile? H loved it!

Telling the time can be a tricky concept for children so we were pleased to receive, ‘What’s the time, Clockodile?’ by Jonathan Litton and Illustrated by Fhiona Galloway (Little Tiger Press: My Little World series).   At the cost of £8.99 (RRP May 2015), this story aimed at three to five year olds, is a wonderful way to introduce younger children to reading analogue and digital clocks.

My daughter immediately spotted the crocodile and when I told her the title of the book, she giggled and repeated it several times.  We both loved the play on words, especially as we often say to each other, “See you later, Alligator,” “In a while, Crocodile!”

Lovely, bright pictures to show what was happening in the daytime
Lovely, bright pictures to show what was happening in the daytime

My daughter enjoyed sharing the book with me as it described different activities that were familiar as part of her everyday life.  Each page explained how to read the time on the analogue clock.  The time was drawn on the left of the double page and my daughter turned the hands on the analogue clock on the right, which made a clicking noise as she did this.  She was very excited when she successfully copied the drawn time to the moveable timepiece.  After this part, she enjoyed when I put on my best robot voice to say the digital time, as the Robbie Robot character shows this at the bottom of the double pages.  H decided that the swimming page was her favourite as it reminded her of the fun we had swimming on her recent holiday.

Turning the hands of the clock
Turning the hands of the clock

We liked that the clock hands were easy enough for my three year old to move on her own.  We also liked the illustrations and the crocodile as well as the robot characters that help along the way.  We like that it explains whole hours, half hours, quarter past and quarter to as well as some five minute intervals.  I think this is a great introduction to telling the time in a fun way.  My daughter was very taken with this book, which means that we now read it most nights.  She still giggles at the Clockodile name!


Disclosure:  We received a copy of, ‘What’s the time, Clockodile?’ for the purposes of this review.  All opinions are honest and my own.






  • Erica Price

    Looks like a lovely book – I love the fact that children can turn the hands on the clock.

  • Sarah Ebner

    What a lovely idea – anything which helps children to tell the time is good with me! Very sweet picture too.

  • angela

    what a lovely book, might just get this for my little girl

  • What a great little book – just the sort of thing my niece would love!

  • emmaand3

    what a great way to learn the time.

  • Jen Walshaw

    What a fab book for learning to tell the time and she looks so pleased with herself too!

  • What a great book – I love the integrated clock.

  • This book looks fab! I can remember my Nan teaching me how to tell the time when I was little on a big old heavy clock, I can’t remember having lovely books like this back then (70’s) x

  • Happy Homebird

    It’s a lovely bright book, we have this. My son loves the clock on the front.

  • Kara

    Love this – trying to teach Eliza to tell the time but failing……maybe this will help

  • Beautyqueenuk

    This book looks brilliant, my nephew is just learning to tell the time and he seems to favour it by which meal of the day it is x

  • Globalmouse

    I love this – my 3 year old really likes crocodiles so I’m sure he would enjoy it too.

  • anything that has the ability to join in (the clock face) goes down a dream in our house – it looks fab

  • Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth

    We are in love with our copy too! Such a fab little book.

  • Helen

    I love the bright colours on this book and how interactive it is too!

  • This looks so cute! Def one I’d have got if mine were still young enough :/

  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

    Ooh Ooh I need this book. My twins are learning the time at school…. I’ll look out for this x

    • It really is great. I hope your twins enjoy it as much as my daughter does x.

  • What a lovely way to introduce and teach telling the time!

  • Ickle Pickle

    We LOVE Little Tiger Press books – this one is fab! Lovely photos. Kaz x