Jack and the Fantastical Circus
Jack and his father are traveling by train to visit his grandfather. He and his father are discussing his grandfather’s stories, but Jack doesn’t understand the meaning behind them. On the way, Jack falls asleep and dreams about a circus where each performer has a different virtue that teaches him about how to live his life. When he wakes up, will he have a better understanding of what his grandfather has been trying to teach him?
The illustrations are stunning! I am so very impressed with the details, and the style seemed perfect for a book with trains and the circus. My daughter and I enjoyed them.
The text was very long. This is a book for six- to ten-year-old children, but I honestly felt like the text could have been more concise. I also felt the story could have been better served by showing us maybe three or four performers in the dream and seeing them for a couple of pages, instead of having six. My four-year-old daughter commented, “Mommy, this book is very long.” She did like the circus characters.
Overall, if you are looking for a book that is a summary of virtues, this is it. I just didn’t love it.
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