This beginning reader is about a boy and his day at the circus. The opening spread shows a boy and his father pointing to a picture that reads "Circus Today!" That is the only time that the word circus is mentioned in the text. There are many other words such as lion, monkey, and elephant that are mysteriously missing from the text as well. This book has an abundance of sight words, but is missing some of the most important words that give meaning to the story. Although this sort of book was once used in teaching children to read, I think it's time has passed. Children today are very savvy readers who look for the pictures to match the text, and this book is lacking in that area. The reading activities in the back help to update the book, but the watered down text still drowns the reader with sight words. Although Hillert is well known for her many beginning reader titles, this one is not my favorite.