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 Baby Clown
 Author: LaReau, Kara

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 24 x 27 cm

 BTSB No: 542979 ISBN: 9780763697433
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Clowns -- Fiction
 Infants -- Fiction
 Circus -- Fiction
 Circus performers -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Baby Clown won't stop crying! Can Frieda and Boffo turn his little clown frown upside down in time for the sold-out show?

 Illustrator: Cordell, Matthew
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 509568

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/20)
   Booklist (01/01/20)
 The Hornbook (00/03/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2020 The Clowns' new baby cries incessantly, a source of dismay to his parents, big boss Mr. Dingling, and the other circus performers. Boffo and Frieda go to great lengths to soothe him (feeding, burping, changing, rocking, and driving him around in their tiny car), all to no avail. Still, the show must go on. Mid performance, Baby launches into a full-scale, screaming meltdown, resulting in surprising applause from the crowd (who think it's part of the act) and, after some consideration, giggles and silly faces from Baby. Geisel Honor Book author LaReau's understated text highlights the frustrating mysteries of early infancy, leaving Caldecott Medal winner Cordell to reveal the situation's inherent humor. Using ink and watercolor, he portrays the characters as suitably goofy (the performers wear costumes and makeup throughout), while still remaining human in their desperate attempts to comfort their newborn. As Baby's cries intensify, his mouth grows larger, eventually occupying an entire spread. Families with colicky younger siblings will no doubt recognize this behavior, and look forward to a hopefully quieter future. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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