Clown

Clown

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by Quentin Blake
     
 

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One day, Clown is thrown into the trash, but he doesn't stay there long.

He tries to find someone to take care of his friends, but no one listens.

Then Clown finds someone he can take care of, and together, they make a home for everyone.

Follow the fortunes of Clown-- who starts in a garbage can and ends up in a happy family-- in this perfectly pitched

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Overview

One day, Clown is thrown into the trash, but he doesn't stay there long.

He tries to find someone to take care of his friends, but no one listens.

Then Clown finds someone he can take care of, and together, they make a home for everyone.

Follow the fortunes of Clown-- who starts in a garbage can and ends up in a happy family-- in this perfectly pitched picture book.

Master illustrator Quentin Blake has created an irrepressible character, an action-filled plot, and an eloquent story that can be read on several levels-- all without the use of a single word.

Clown is a 1996 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

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“This story in mime unfolds with lots of action and quiet charm. The deft line drawings, tinted with watercolor washes, indicate character traits and emotions with great sensitivity to form, movement, and detail.” —Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this tragicomic, wordless picture book, a discarded clown doll escapes from a garbage can, and endeavors to rescue his fellow toys from the trash. "With a few brushstrokes and scribbles of ink, Blake conveys moods, contrasts economic situations--and praises those who appreciate secondhand items," said PW. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
British illustrator Blake uses watercolors and spare ink lines to create distinctive worlds that are his alone. His characters are caricatures that come alive, and his little clown doll is no exception. Without using a single word, Blake brilliantly leads the "reader" through a day in life of this discarded toy who is searching for a new, loving home for himself and his friends. Clown finally succeeds through a frenzy of acrobatics and kindness, and along the way his adventures allow Blake to make a few pointed comments on modern urban society. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Unceremoniously tossed in a trash bin with other toys, Clown escapes and attempts to enlist help in rescuing his discarded friends. He gains the sympathy of two little girls and the attention of one dog, but interfering adults thwart his efforts at every turn. Finally landing in the drab apartment in which a girl is baby-sitting her little brother, Clown not only gains his objective but also helps make a happy home for all (humans included). Blake's whimsical watercolor-and-ink illustrations are particularly well suited to this wordless tale presented in cartoon style. His spare but expressive lines effectively capture the hero's pluck, the cruel disdain of adults, and the dreariness of the urban apartment. Large drawings in frames combined with smaller, unframed sketches vary the tempo and pace and further dramatize moments of bold action. While accessible to young viewers, a certain level of visual sophistication is required to truly appreciate the nuances of the plot. For example, the relationship between daughter and mother remains unclear until the end, but this does not significantly detract from the drama. Blake succeeds admirably in presenting a multilayered and thought-provoking tale that will capture readers' imaginations.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805059335
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Quentin Blake is best known for his work with Roald Dahl. Between them they produced such classics as The Witches, The BFG, and Matilda. In 1981 he was awarded both the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Children's Book Award, and in 1988 the Order of the British Empire.

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