Book Review by Aarene Storms: Circus Mirandus

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Book review of Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Micah has listened to Grandpa Ephraim's stories about the magical Circus Mirandus all his life, and all his life, Micah has dreamed that someday he would be able to meet Big Jean the intelligent elephant, to taste the astonishing candies that light up when you bite down, and most of all, to see a performance of the amazing Man Who Bends Light.

But now, Grandpa Ephraim is dying and nasty Aunt Gertrudis has come to stay. She has nothing good to say about Micah or about Grandpa Ephraim, and certainly nothing good to say about magic. The Lightbender promised Grandpa Ephraim a miracle, but will a miracle be enough?

Kids who want more stories like Peter and the Starcatchers and James and the Giant Peach will be thrilled to find this title. Adults who love The Night Circus and Big Fish will be delighted to learn that they have still not outgrown the magic.

Highly recommended for readers and listeners of all ages.  

This book does NOT feature:
sex, drugs, rocknroll, violence, cussing, wild animals harmed in the enjoyment of this book

This book DOES feature:
talking birds, friends who don't always believe you but still stay friends, trustworthy people, magic, and at least one miracle

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Heather McLaughlin September 25, 2016 at 2:25 PM  

Thank you, Aarene! This was a great book.

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