Title: Small ClownSmall-Clown1
Author: Nancy Faulkner
Illustrator: Paul Caldone
Pages: 64
Recommended Ages: Beginner
Star Rating: ★★★

Enter into the land of the circus!

The Story.

Pete’s father is the best clown in the Big Top circus.  He knows how to be very funny and makes the big crowds of people laugh and laugh. And more than anything, Pete wants to be a clown like his father. But in order to be a clown, he must first have a clown outfit. Maybe for his eighth birthday…

Can you guess what Pete’s birthday present is? A clown outfit! Now, Pete can be a clown! He’s so excited. But the Circus Manager in his big top hat does not seem so excited – he seems to think that Pete will not make a good clown! He agrees to let Pete have a chance, but solemnly warns him that he won’t get another.

Can a nervous, hurting Pete manage to charm the audience on his first try?

Discussion.

Pete’s family obviously loves him (they are shown embracing in different illustrations), and I thought it was very  sweet that Pete wanted to have the same job that his father had.

In one illustration, the horse-riding lady is wearing an immodest dress.

Conclusion. Sweet and funny.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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