Sunday, May 22, 2011

Toby Tyler or Ren Weeks with a Circus by James Otis

Title: Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus
Author: James Otis
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: Classic story of a little orphan boy who runs away to join the circus, only to learn, unhappily, that his new employer is a cruel taskmaster. 30 illustrations enhance a story that will tug on the heartstrings of readers of all ages as they enter the world of an old-time traveling circus. (

Opinions: Yes, this was a China book. I had read it years ago, but didn't remember it. So when I saw it was free, I read it. It was entertaining. It is a great story about learning how the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. Toby thinks that life would be better with the circus, but he soon realizes that the circus isn't fun if you have a cruel employer. This heartwarming tale about finding good people to trust and learning to find the good in your life is a wonderfully uplifting story when you need one. But truly life does stink for Toby for quite awhile. But it gets better at the end. Also it is pretty different from the movie (which I loved too) but it's good in a different way.

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