Want to incorporate The House With A Clock In Its Walls lesson plans into your learning?
I remember reading The House With A Clock In Its Walls when I was a kid and it’s been on my list of “to read” books with my kid.
(PS: For some reason, I remember it as The House With The Clock In Its Walls. Don’t make this mistake when you’re trying to search for info on it! In my defense, I’m old…)
What is The House With A Clock In Its Walls?
The House With A Clock In Its Walls is a juvenile fiction mystery book written by John Bellairs and first released in 1973. It features character Lewis Barnavelt who comes to live with his uncle who is a magician. Lewis finds that his uncle’s house has a clock built into the walls that could kill all humankind and only Lewis can stop it. The book is first in the series of 12 books containing this character. In 2018, the book was made into a movie starring Jack Black as the uncle and Owen Vaccaro as the orphan Lewis.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls Trailer [Movie]
Now that it’s been made into a movie, I’m excited to see it.
(Personally, I think Jack Black is going to rock the character of Uncle Jonathan!)
The House With a Clock In Its Walls movie is rated PG. However, the video for the movie trailer does look a little intense. (And my daughter is pretty sensitive). So, I’m going to read the book with her first and see how that goes before seeing the movie.
If you’re wondering, “Is The House With a Clock In Its Walls too scary for my kids?” then you might want to read this article.
(PS: The movie is getting mixed reviews.)
The House With a Clock In Its Walls Cast
The movie cast is played by some well-known actors that include:
- Jack Black as Uncle Jonathan Barnavelt
- Cate Blanchett as next door neighbor Mrs. Florence Zimmerman
- Kyle MacLachlan as former home owner (who put the clock in the walls) Isaac Izard
- Owen Vaccaro as Lewis Barnavelt (Vacarro has also appeared in Daddy’s Home 1 & 2 and Mother’s Day)
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The House With A Clock In Its Walls Book
The House With A Clock In Its Walls is a mystery book targeted at ages 8-12 (or grades 3-7).
I probably read it around second or third grade and I do remember it being a little scary. So, if you have sensitive 8-year-olds, you may want to wait until they’re a little older to tackles this read. (My sensitive daughter is 10 years old and it’s still a toss up if she’s going to like this book.)
So, what is The House With A Clock In Its Walls all about?
From the book synopsis:
When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls–a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!
(Read what Common Sense Media says about the book.)
TIP: You can download The House With A Clock In Its Walls pdf for free if you want to check it out before you order the book!
What are all the books in The House With A Clock In Its Walls Series (also known as: The Adventures of Lewis Barnavelt Series / John Bellairs Mystery)?
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Anytime I can create an interesting learning unit around a book and then end it with a movie you can learn from, it’s a win (in my book).
(I love being able to compare/contrast the book and movie versions, too!)
Here are some ways to incorporate The House With A Clock In Its Walls (book and movie) with some learning projects, lessons, and activities. You don’t have to stick to just the book and movie. There are so many themes possible with this book/movie combo–family, clocks, time, magic and more!
Have fun and let me know which ones are your favorites!
Get a Chapter 1 study guide
Do some reading comprehension worksheets (scroll to the bottom)
Design and draw your own clock (but you don’t have to put it in the walls unless, you know, you want to…)
Make your own clock with this clock craft kit
Watch a video on clocks, gears, and time
Design a clock or magic themed bookmark to use with the book
Complete a fun Magician’s Apprentice lesson plan