Fix That Clock (Hardcover)

By Kurt Cyrus

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9781328904089, 40pp.

Publication Date: November 26, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


A construction crew rebuilds a rickety old clock tower that has become home to wild animals in this picture book for fans of Sheep in a Jeep and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.

An underlying message of cooperation and conservation drives this rollicking introduction to counting and shapes.

The old clock tower used to stand tall and proud. Now, it’s rusty, dusty, moldy, musty. A construction team decides to turn zigzags into squares and get the clock chiming again. But wait: What will happen to all the animals who have made this dilapidated clock their home?

Nothing can’t be fixed and everyone is welcome in Fix That Clock, a celebration of hard work, compassion, and collaboration.

About the Author

Kurt Cyrus has hammered out such books as Billions of Bricks, Tadpole Rex, and Oddhopper Opera: A Bug’s Garden of Verses. He has also illustrated books by authors such as Eve Bunting (The Bones of Fred McFee), Lisa Wheeler (Mammoths on the Move), and M.T. Anderson (Whales on Stilts). Kurt lives in a small town in Oregon. Visit him online at

Praise For Fix That Clock

★​ "With lots to look at and a pleasing rhythm, this energetic repair project ticks along very nicely indeed."—Kirkus, STARRED review

"Cheerful illustrations perfectly complement the bouncy, catchy verse that just begs to be read aloud. A terrific addition to most collections and storytimes." —School Library Journal

"Colorful full-page illustrations dynamically show the clock tower from all angles, and the text’s rhythm and repetition gives the story great read-aloud potential." Booklist