My Father Is A Clown

Summary:

This book is about a twelve-year-old girl named Maggie and her father, a circus clown. Not long after she suffers the embarrassment of her father's job, she realizes her father really is a hero and doesn’t have to fight in the war (World War II).


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an easy read, and one that you can comfortably let your middle reader enjoy, without the usual parental fears about what our kids are reading.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

BTSYA: This my favorite of the book reviews I've done! What can I say? This book was fabulous! I could read it more than once and would never get bored by it!! I would give this book 10 out of 10 for sure!!
Woodside: I know how Maggie felt: she was sad all the time. I thought the book was sad. I thought there were a lot of words, but I liked the book and want to read it again. This is a realistic story.

Parent Reaction

The story is well written, nicely weaving historical data and factual information about circus life with a pre-teen's story about figuring out life in the "big tent." The glossary of circus terms at the end was most helpful.

Young Reader Reaction
Woodside: I know how Maggie felt: she was sad all the time. I thought the book was sad. I thought there were a lot of words, but I liked the book and want to read it again. This is a realistic story.
Type of Book:
Not only does this book teach you an important lesson, but it also makes you enjoy reading it!!
Educational Themes:

There are lots of layers for learning: get a sense of life in the 1940s; learn more about circus life; read about the actual Ringling Brothers circus fire of 1944; and finally, give pre-teens a character they can relate to.

Reading Level:
4.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It's a great story for all ages, and one that even as adults we might reread periodically.

Title My Father Is a Clown
Author Diane Kolb
Publisher PublishAmerica © 2003
ISBN 159286757X
Material Hard Cover
Genres Adventure, Family, Historical Fiction, Coming Of Age, History - 1940s & 1950s
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