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BARNYARD BIG TOP by Jill Kastner


by Jill Kastner & illustrated by Jill Kastner

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-689-80484-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 It's just another day on the farm for Ben and his pig, Clarence, until Uncle Julius arrives with his Two-Ring Extravaganza. Julius, anxious to gab with his sisters, Aunt Gert and Aunt Ginny, leaves Ben in charge; the boy takes his duties seriously, but his pig, Clarence, starts showing off his balancing act and other circus feats (``By gosh, for a domestic, that pig has talent!'' marvels Uncle Julius). Gradually the whole town gets involved, gawking at the fire-eating and snake- charming; Aunt Gert and Aunt Ginny take a turn as daredevils, a heretofore undiscovered pair of talents in Ben's eyes. ``Who do you think taught me how to run a circus?'' whispers Uncle Julius. This big-hearted, eight-cylinder story is full of outlandish touches as the rollicking artwork keeps pace with the quick- moving text. The oil paintings make hay with such mighty contrasts as monkeys in the feed store, and a pig on a tightrope. Great fun. (Picture book. 4-7)