One hundred and twenty cuckoos tweeted the hour in unison in the little Swiss clockmaker's shop. Only one ornery clock was tardy, taking a special solo one minute too late each time. For years the little clockmaker vowed to fix that clock, but it wasn't until the Sultan of Garabia balked at the purchase of the whole lot upon hearing the ""echo"", that the clockmaker set to work. Unable to sell the Sultan this particular clock, he nevertheless proves that all of his cuckoos are synchronized, letting the village children in on the secret of the late cuckoo. Like the Swiss children, young readers will delight in the story of the sleepy cuckoo who functioned only when a tiny alarm clock roused him, as well as in the whimsical elfin drawings by the author.