Clown

Clown

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by Quentin Blake
     
 

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A discarded yet irrepressible toy clown goes on a quest through the city to find a home for himself and his family of unwanted stuffed animals. Full-color illustrations. See more details below

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A discarded yet irrepressible toy clown goes on a quest through the city to find a home for himself and his family of unwanted stuffed animals. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780805043990
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.14(w) x 12.84(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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