Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo?

The website for Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? is almost good enough to skip reading the book — but not quite. A kind of Water for Elephants for children, Carlyn Beccia‘s circus ABC is both simple and striking enough for small children while being packed full of entertaining factoids for older kids (not to mention the adults who might be doing the actual reading; James’ dad often gets distracted with this one). For instance, you can read simply “S is for Strong” or you can delve into detail about circus strong men, one of whom could apparently lift 588 pounds with one finger, back in 1862. (Believe it or not.) Giggle factor: yes, but occasionally at things that could be deemed inappropriate. This is one politically incorrect book. Adult enjoyment: depends on how much you like circus history. Illustrations: five jelly jars, except for V and W, which collectively get a one.


~ by kaychubbuck on June 16, 2010.

One Response to “Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo?”

  1. […] While not as informative about the circus as Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? it’s still a wonderful introduction to circus vocabulary, with gorgeous, stylized drawings […]

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