Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2014
beauty of a wordless book is that the child can be the storyteller,
either solo or to a listener. And storytelling is terrific language
practice. The story in this case is tender and funny, and to an adult,
very touching. An old farmer sees something fall off the back of a
passing circus train. The falling object is an affectionate baby clown,
apparently an orphan. The farmer takes it home and cares for it, and
they share the farm work. Taking a break, they sit under a tree with a
picnic basket, only to see the train returning in the opposite
direction. They're able to flag it down, and all the clowns are
delighted to have their youngster back. After a fond farewell, the train
leaves with all clowns aboard. But the farmer doesn't walk away alone,
and the circus is short one monkey.
Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer's vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves--and about life Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a master of the form and the creator of The Boss Baby speaks volumes and will delight story lovers of all ages.