And two series nearly 40 years apart in origin receive new additions. In Patrick at the Circus by Geoffrey Hayes, part of the Adventures of Patrick Brown series, the excitement mounts as the bear family goes to the circus and Patrick's father, a former performer, stands in for the clown who's just quit. Even Patrick gets in on the act, running into the ring to nab the mischievous monkey who has stolen his father's wallet. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
A little bear named Patrick is very excited that the circus is coming to town. He is even more excited when he finds out that his father used to be a clown. He is disappointed to find out that the circus can't go on because their clown had left. Leo, Patrick's father, steps in and saves the day by being the clown in the circus. Soon, Patrick too wants to be a clown. When his mom and dad tells him no, he becomes very grumpy. That night at the circus he forgets his troubles and enjoys the show. When a monkey steals his father's hat, Patrick saves the day and pleases the crowd. He gets to be a clown after all. A cute story but the drawings are crowded and contain so much information that it is very confusing. With dialogue boxes and speech bubbles there is an overload of text for young children to process. The illustrations are fun and colorful but also very busy. This is a sweet story but the plot is forced. 2002, Hyperion Books for Children,
PreS-Gr 2-When the circus comes to town, the little bear discovers that his father was a clown in his younger days. After retrieving his costume and props from the attic, Papa demonstrates that he still remembers his routines. This fortuitous coincidence comes in handy when they discover that the show is about to be canceled because the clown has quit, and "Always Leave 'Em Laughing Brown" agrees to replace the missing participant. Patrick is ecstatic until he realizes that he will not be starring in the circus, too. His temper gets the better of him, and he sulks. As Papa performs, though, a naughty monkey steals his hat, so Patrick seizes this opportunity to get into the act. While the plot is a bit forced and the ever-changing cast of characters makes it a bit difficult to follow, the graphic layout is intriguing. Many of the busy, detailed cartoons of the animals are reminiscent of comic-book art with their dialogue balloons, insets, and vignettes. Although most of the pictures are too small for group viewing, the book may work for one-on-one sharing with fans of Patrick and the Big Bully (Hyperion, 2001).-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
This overly busy title featuring the return of Patrick Brown, the fuzzy little bear, and his family, suffers from a lack of focus as it crams too many subplots into a rather insipid story about going to the circus. The circus comes to town and Patrick wants to go. Mama tells Patrick that his dad was once a circus clown, which prompts Papa to play some clownish tricks on Mama. The next day they go to watch the circus tent being raised and Papa has his wallet lifted by a little monkey, though it's returned once the monkey is cornered. Then the ringmaster announces there will be no circus because the clown has quit. Papa volunteers. The show goes on. Patrick gets miffed when his parents won't watch his clown tricks and is still grumpy when they head for the big tent that night. After a series of rather uninspiring acts, Papa makes his appearance, wows the crowd, and then has his hat stolen by that rascally monkey. Patrick chases after him. When the hat is secured, Patrick gets to wear it in the grand finale. Patrick is happy again. Numerous vignettes per page, word balloons as well as text, rapid-fire shifts in mood and tone, and an uncomfortable combination of Katzenjammer brusqueness with treacly settings give this title a bad case of multiple and conflicting personalities. (Picture book. 3-6)