Book: Clown

Clown
by Quentin Blake

“The art of the clown is more profound than we think: it is neither tragic nor comic. It is the comic mirror of tragedy and the tragic mirror of comedy.”

André Suarès

Note:

Considering Clown starts with the title character being tossed in the garbage, there’s really nowhere else to go but up. Fortunately, our clown is a glass-half-full kind of guy who scores a pair of dumpster-diving shoes before setting off on his adventure – he hangs out a photo shoot, follows a stern governess home, gets tossed out a window, is chased by a vicious dog, gets thrown through a window, and helps a down-and-out family.

And there are no words.

Think of it as 1 part Velveteen Rabbit, 1 part New Yorker, and 1 part Monty Python, with a sweet, but not saccharin, ending.

I can’t wait to read more Blake books…he’s illustrated over 300 (and is still going strong), so it may take awhile to read his entire oeuvre.

Reading Tips: The illustrations are very detailed, which makes this a better book for one-on-one reading rather than a group read aloud.

Experiment with reading from the clown’s point of view, then switch to the omniscient narrator (complete with character voices). Both can be a lot of fun, and be sure to involve your kiddos in the narrative – maybe they’ve got a voice or 2 to share as well.

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