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This title has been selected as an Editors' Pick for the Best Books of the Month: Chapter Books (ages 6-8), September 2013. See more of our Editors' Picks.

Product Details

  • Series: Three-Ring Rascals (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616202440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616202446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–The owner of Sir Sidney's Circus needs a vacation, and after reviewing and interviewing many potential circus managers, he chooses Barnabas Brambles, a graduate of the University of Piccadilly Circus in London with a degree in lion taming. But Barnabas is in need of making money and changes Sir Sidney's Circus schedule and pricing for his own profit and treats the animals poorly. Things seem to go wrong almost from the start, and he cancels all but the final show of the week. Barnabas is a complete fraud and knows nothing of circus life, yet Sir Sidney believes that the scoundrel can be a better man tomorrow. Whimsical illustrations are generously positioned throughout the text and play a key role in the book's pacing. Beginning chapter-book readers will thoroughly enjoy this fun and fast-paced title, which has lessons in kindness along the way.–Patty Saidenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Kate Klise, author of the wildly punny 43 Old Cemetery Road and Regarding series, turns to a slightly younger audience in this amusing series opener. After years of developing his traveling circus into one of the best shows in the world, old and tired Sir Sidney decides he needs some help. He hires Barnabas Brambles for a one-week trial run, but it’s clear that the smarmy certified lion tamer is more concerned with making money than respecting the performers and talking circus animals. When Brambles tries to add more cities to their tour, sell off some of the older animals, and allow the directionless Famous Flying Banana Brothers to navigate the circus train, plenty of high jinks ensue, including getting stuck atop the Saint Louis Arch. Playful black-and-white illustrations and creative language—in the form of sight gags, coined words, speech bubbles, letters, and phone texts—keep the story lively. Math teachers will especially appreciate Brambles’ profit calculations throughout. A big-top introduction to the author’s quirky humor. Grades 3-5. --Angela Leeper

More About the Author

KATE KLISE is an author of many genres. She has written picture books, as well as middle-grade novels, all illustrated by her sister, Sarah. She has also written two young adult novels and is a freelance reporter for People magazine. Kate lives and writes in Norwood, Missouri.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sir Sidney runs the best circus around. He's kind to his animals and performers, and kids see the circus and eat popcorn for free. But Sir Sidney is getting older, and decides to hire a manager to help him. Barnabas Brambles, certified lion tamer, eagerly applies for the job and is hired. But Barnabas has very different ideas about how to run a circus.

Leo, the old lion, must be replaced with a cool tiger. Elsa, the elephant, should be sent to the zoo. And the Flying Banana Brothers' skills will be used to drive the circus train. Who needs vermin like Gert and Bert, the mice, and Old Coal, the crow, who are in charge of popcorn cleanup after the circus? Ticket prices must be raised, and more shows added to the schedule! Barnabas wants to make as much money as he can, and he doesn't care who gets hurt in the process. But running Sir Sidney's circus doesn't turn out to be quite as easy (or lucrative) as he expects.

Sir Sidney is a smart man, and he sees through Barnabas Brambles' shiny exterior to the man beneath the ill-fitting suit. His response upon finally seeing what Barnabas has done to his circus is both remarkable and unexpected. The Show Must Go On! is a great story filled with wonderful illustrations, side conversations, jokes and humor that make it a really enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LL on March 27, 2014
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Great story that has well developed characters that my almost 7 yr old loves. Interesting plot, a hit in our picky house! Other top picks: Arnie the donut, 3 ninja pigs, Paul frank books (only in dreams, Wild West bananza) Old mama squirrell and those darn squirrels.
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I bought "The Show Must Go On!" as a gift for my 5-year old nephew. He received it Monday. It is now Thursday, and my sister just called to tell me that he absolutely LOVED it. So much so that he wants to go to the bookstore and buy the sequel. (Unfortunately, it hasn't been written yet). He was laughing out loud and even called her into the room to read a particularly funny passage with him. He took it to school with him to show his friends, and he has been talking about it constantly, especially about the circus villain and the funny animals. I can't really think of a better endorsement than the love of a child for a favorite new book. This book hit it out of the park as far as I'm concerned. Here's hoping the sequel comes out soon!
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