Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Circus Thief by Alane Adams

The circus has come to town and Georgie is hoping to attend. What child has not felt the anticipation of going to a circus, or the fair or a carnival? So much to see and do! And that is where I feel the book lets readers down. A boy eager to attend would want to see all the sights and sounds but all the reader sees are a few posters and one performance in the big top before the story comes to a rather abrupt end.

Attending a circus as child should be slowly savored. Instead, I feel like the reader has been hurried through the pages. Readers barely know anything about Georgie beyond having a mother and father and a friend.  I loved the cover of this book and it held so much promise but unfortunately fell flat.

The illustrations are truly amazing but the story needed more more action, more thrill, more wonder.  I really hate giving a less than stellar review but unfortunately, I don't see this book as something that readers will return to again and again. There just isn't enough "meat" in the story to satisfy hungry readers.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Circus Thief from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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