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Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers — no. 1
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Skylark 1 Box Set (Collection)
Translated Into: El circ (Catalan)
El circo (Spanish)
O circo (Portuguese)
La cirque (French)
Sirk (Turkish)
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrator: Granger, Paul (pseudonym used by Hedin, Don)
Date: November, 1981 (First printing)
ISBNs: 0553151207 / 9780553151206 (First printing)
0553152386 / 9780553152388 (Sixth printing)
0553157442 / 9780553157444 (Tenth printing)
Length: 55 pages
Number of Endings: 12
Cover Price: US$1.75 (First printing)
US$2.50 (Tenth printing)
US$1.95 (Sixth printing)
User Summary: You visit your aunt and uncle, both circus people, and are given the choice to learn to be an acrobat, a clown, or an animal trainer.
charlesdaniels's Thoughts:

I read this book to my 6 year old daughter. Her imagination was especially captured by the counting horse. I think if you are six years old this book is about right. It is just a vague collection of things that you might encounter at a circus. But if you want to introduce your very young children to the books you liked as a kid, this is a good start.

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Demian's Thoughts:

This is really just a collection of random events which lead to abrupt endings. Still, it's not too bad; the visual design is nice, with text and graphics mixing well, and there is a note at the end explaining one of the events which occurs in the story.

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Nomad's Thoughts:

Could this book be any more random? Well of course the answer is yes, if R. A. Montgomery had written it rather than Edward Packard. Still this book could have been better. It's a fun enough read for the age group it's focused toward, but it wasn't one of the stronger entries in this series. It's worth reading once, I suppose, but it's nothing to go out of your way to indulge in. Still, randomness aside, it manages to capture some of the fun and excitement a child experiences when going to see the circus, and that saved it from being a total waste of time for me. On a side note, the picture on page 27 amuses me more than it should, and usually manages to draw at least a chuckle out of me.

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