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Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ...Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way. Almost like clockwork ...

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22nd February '18
Jem read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Clockwork 9780440866381
5 stars
One of my absolute favourites. I've read it loads of times and have it on audio so I can listen in the car. It is very clever and very scary- be warned!
3rd March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Clockwork 9780440866381
5 stars
If you are looking for a spooky short-story which is plotted with the precision of a Swiss watch, then this is the book for you!


The story begins in an inn, in a small town in Germany in the days when clockwork was the precision engineering of choice. On a dark, snow swept night a cast of characters has gathered for food, company and to hear the latest tale from Fritz, the local storyteller, renowned for his ghost stories. Philip Pullman describes the scene with such exquisite detail that you can smell the spicy sausages, feel chilled to the bone as the inn door opens and detect the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention as the tale of Prince Otto and his son Florian commences.


What follows is a marvellous gothic fairy-tale featuring Karl the lazy apprentice clockmaker; the sinister Dr Kalmenius, reputed to be “the cleverest man in Europe”, Sir Ironsoul, a lethal clockwork knight and kind-hearted Gretel, the innkeeper’s daughter.


The story ticks on as relentlessly as the second hand on the town clock, bringing each character in the story to their appointed final position. As it unwinds the reader will discover the importance of a warm, kind heart and that all actions have their consequences.


This particular edition of the book is beautifully illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by Peter Bailey which add greatly to the classic fairy-tale feel of the story. I also love the author’s comments which accompany the illustrations; Philip Pullman is an absolute master of his craft. Recommended for Key Stage 2, although if you are easily scared, wait until you are in Year 5 or 6 before reading.
14th November '17
clodagh read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Clockwork 9780440866381
5 stars
This is an exciting quick read! it is a fun book for 10+ it has some gory parts so read if you like gory! There are also so love and exhilarating scenes! my favourite book!
18th April '18
I read it to Cosmic aged 11 aged 11
Clockwork 9780440866381
4 stars
This is a bedtime story full of wonder and mystery and a pleasure to read to my 11 year old.

The fairytale is a story within a story and follows a Pinocchio theme - the creation of a clockwork boy who is so lifelike that he is, essentially, alive.

This story is quite scary and I think one to read to younger children even if they can pick it up themselves. My 11 year old really enjoyed it - but from under the bedcovers !
6th December '18
This Girl Loves to Read read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Clockwork 9780440866381
4 stars
Karl will soon  become a clock maker and Fritz has made a story similar. but when the misses character turns up at the pub door, this turned into a real adventure and mystery.... I found this book OK and would give it a 4/5. I would describe it as an adventure and fantasy undead recommend it to age is 8+. The characters in this book a greedy, kind and mysterious. This book made me feel excited and want to read it all. A great book by Philip Pullman! 
10th June '18
Jackiechan23 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Clockwork 9780440866381
3 stars
This is a phenomenal book which makes you go through a range of emotions. My favourite character is Karl and how mysterious he is I would say it is a mystery story
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About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005...

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About Paul Bailey

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly acclaimed children's authors of the decade. He has been on the shortlist of just about every major children's book award in the last few years, and has won the Smarties Prize (Gold Award, 9-11 age category) for THE FIREWORK-MAKER'S DAUGHT...

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