The Clown Said No

The Clown Said No

by Mischa Damjan, Gian Casty
     
 

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The circus is supposed to be fun, but for this clown and the animals who perform with him, it's just a lot of hard work. So they decide to run away to form a circus of their own. They may not have a big top, but now the clown can get to tell all his wonderful stories, the dog can run free off his collar, and the dancing pony can even nap through the waltz if he's

Overview

The circus is supposed to be fun, but for this clown and the animals who perform with him, it's just a lot of hard work. So they decide to run away to form a circus of their own. They may not have a big top, but now the clown can get to tell all his wonderful stories, the dog can run free off his collar, and the dancing pony can even nap through the waltz if he's getting sleepy. The new show turns out to be a lot of fun for both the performers and the audience. In this reissue of a remarkably illustrated 1962 picture book, this clown shows that it's important to enjoy what you do.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Circus performers break the bondage of the big top and strike out on their own in The Clown Said No by Mischa Damjan, trans. by Anthea Bell. Damjan, whose real name was Dimitrije Sidjanski, was the co-founder of the Swiss publisher Nord-S d Verlag, and this was the first book the house published, in 1962. Christa Unzner provides new, psychologically complex illustrations. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Originally published 40 years ago this story about following one's dreams, by Dimitrije Sidjanski, is being re-released with new illustrations in 2002. Unfortunately, this hardback picture book does not work for this generation of children, instead it comes across as strange and unrealistic even for a young child's book. The story line is about six circus performers who leave a circus to create their own outdoor circus where the lion can blow bubbles, the dog can dance without a collar, and the clown can tell stories. Consider this an optional purchase for elementary school or public libraries. 2002, North-South Books,
— Wendy Pollock-Gilson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this uneven offering, a clown and a series of other circus members refuse to perform because they are unhappy. They run away and form their own circus, where the clown can tell stories, the dog doesn't have to wear his collar, and the dancing pony can sleep through the waltz. Everyone loves the new show (even though it doesn't have a tent), and the performers go away happy. The plot is slight and meandering and the story is quite wordy given how little happens. Also, it never seems clear why the performers want to be a circus for "children and poets." The illustrations in the first half of the book are very dark, and while they do reflect the mood of the story, they seem a bit overdone. The animals' faces are quite expressive and the composition works well, but that is not enough to carry the lackluster text. Pass on this awkward offering.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400634
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.52(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Damjan is the pen name of the late Dimitrije Sidjanski, the co-founder of North-South Books. He studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and began to practice law. During World War II he was taken prisoner by the German army. After three years in captivity, he escaped to Switzerland.

As a child, Christa Unzner filled mountains of paper with her drawings. After an apprenticeship to a window decorator, she went on to study design. She has illustrated many children's books, including young people's retelling of William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. She lives with her husband in Nicaragua.

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