I'd love to reconnnect with a children's book we had from our local library years back, but despite extensive online searching, can find no trace of it, as cannot remember or even guess at the title.
It's an illustrated short children's book from c. 1990, for readers perhaps 5 - 9. The young heroine (age 8-ish) is not good at timekeeping, and is often late for tea. She feels therefore that 'time is a monster, marching on'. She makes friends with the clockwinder of the town hall clock, asks him about the nature of time, and he kindly on one occasion puts the clock back 5 minutes, so that she does not seem late for tea. It has a mainland European feel to it. Possibly it was translated from the Dutch.
Thanks. Yes, back in the day, although our big city library was computerised, the small village library and the library van were not. It would have been one of those we used. If I find the title, I will post it here!