Monday, June 9, 2014

Let's all go to the Circus.....



Hi everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and are all fired up for another new week.  Welcome to my blog because we are in for an exciting time here.  First, though, let me throw out another trivia question regarding movies and kid's books.  Do you know the best selling DVD based on a children's book in North America?  Think on it and if you are stuck I will give you the answer right here tomorrow. Now on with the show.....


Today's featured book:





Three Ring Rascal's - The Circus Goes to Sea
Author:  Kate Klise
Illustrator:  M. Sarah Klise

This is book # Three in the series following:

#1 - The Three Ring Rascals - The Show Must Go On!
        #2 - The Three Ring Rascals - The Greatest Show on Earth



My Take on the Book:

Sir Sidney's circus is truly the greatest show on earth.  He transports his famous circus on a train and  his troupe works very hard on their craft to make Sir Sidney proud.  You see, Sir Sidney is the kindest man ever. He has in his company now, some one he has hired, who unfortunately is seen as the meanest man around, namely, Barnabas Brambles. 

 One day, Old Coal, one of the members of his troupe, literally flies in with an invitation for the entire circus to come aboard a cruise ship and perform for the guests on their voyage.  Now Sir Sidney does not agree with sailing, or should I say his stomach doesn't, and he immediately declines the request.  But something has gone amiss in the envelope and when it is discovered and read the startling truth emerges that the entire circus has been invited, all except Barnabus Brambles.  Why was he eliminated?  Why?  Because everyone knows he is mean, mean, mean and he is to not welcome aboard the ship for that reason.  Sir Sydney immediately takes it upon himself to shelve his maladies and accepts the invitation just so he can show the world that Barnabus is not mean spirited but really, deep down inside, a very good person .  He gives Barnabus instructions on how to conduct himself on the trip and sums it all up by saying, "Be kind to all you meet."

The invitation has been sent from Flora Endora Eliza La Buena La Pasta. She is a little girl who lives abroad the SS Spaghetti, with her captain mom who has no idea that this circus group has been invited to perform on her ship.  The SS Spaghetti is a floating palace of elegance and entertainment and that is just what this circus troupe plan to deliver.  One never knows what will happen aboard a cruise ship but come on board and you will find excitement, danger and romance....yep.... this book has it all.  You will be very happy with the storyline's positive message of kindness and compassion, the quirky word plays and vocabulary building and best of all the teamwork and comradery that these circus friends offer to Barnabus to prove he is finally accepted by them and is a man of kindness indeed.


Take a Peek Inside:






















About the author:



Author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise are sisters and collaborators. They started making books together many years ago in their bedroom in Peoria, Illinois. Kate wrote the words; Sarah drew the pictures. The Klise sisters have published more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including Regarding the Fountain and Dying to Meet You. The Klise sisters no longer share a bedroom. Kate lives in Missouri and travels often to visit schools and libraries. Sarah lives in California­. But the two sisters still enjoy working together, especially on their new series about a pair of circus mice. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.) - See more at: http://www.algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/three-ring-rascals-3-circus-goes-sea/#sthash.2PAb8lfj.dpuf


About the illustrator:





Illustrator M. Sarah Klise and author Kate Klise and are sisters and collaborators. They started making books together many years ago in their bedroom in Peoria, Illinois. Kate wrote the words; Sarah drew the pictures. The Klise sisters no longer share a bedroom. Kate lives in Missouri and travels often to visit schools and libraries. Sarah lives in California­. But the two sisters still enjoy working together, especially on their new series about a pair of circus mice. - See more at: http://www.algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/three-ring-rascals-3-circus-goes-sea/#sthash.uTrUNlmc.dpuf




Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Carpe Diem!
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