Three Ring Rascals


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Author: Klise, Kate
Grades: 2 - 5
Adventures of animals in a traveling circus

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Review Date Title Rating Mini Series Series No. Comments
02/22/2021 Secrets of the Circus Generally Acceptable 5
The circus animals help a pig who has run away from his farmer who plans to sell him to a pork chop company so he doesn't lose his farm.
11/10/2020 Pop Goes The Circus Generally Acceptable 4
Girl is miserable since her parents are focused on their baby who will be born soon so she mails herself to the circus- she ends up in a dead letter warehouse. Mouse from the circus accidentally gets carried away by balloon. The girl and the mouse find each other and try to survive by impersonating a ventriloquist and confronting robbers. It all turns out fine at the end and they learn their lessons. Mentions of mouse liking comic books and movies.
06/04/2019 The Circus Goes To Sea Problematic 3
The circus is invited on a ship and man falls in love with the captain of the ship. A lot of this ending in a church wedding with a kiss. Poems have "lovey dovey stuff". Cartoonish illustrations of ladies on ship wearing sleeveless dresses. Cartoonish girl in bathing suit. Woman apologizes and reaches out her hand to him and then suddenly the ship lurches and she falls into his arms- illustration and text. Illustration of him on his knee holding her hand and asking her to marry him.
06/04/2019 The Greatest Star on Earth Generally Acceptable 2
Animals compete to win a trophy with unfortunate results. Explanation that operas are based on Greek mythology.
06/04/2019 The Show Must Go On Generally Acceptable 1
The owner of a circus decides to retire and hires a money hungry manager who is mean to the circus animals and fails to earn anything. Lady wants the trapeze performers to "disco dance"- they refuse. Lion eats moldy pizza and gets an upset stomach- bathroom humor about the results.