The Show Must Go On: A Book Review


Three Ring Rascals Book One: The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Summary: Meet Sir Sidney. He owns Sir Sidney’s Circus, which happens to be the BEST circus in the whole wide world. But Sir Sidney thinks he’s getting too old to manage his circus, so he hires a man named Barnabas Brambles to help. Problem is, Barnabas Brambles has only one thing on his mind: m-o-n-e-y. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it, even if it means selling the circus animals to a zoo! If you like talking mice, an elephant who writes letters, a lion who loves pizza, a train that can travel across the Grand Canyon in a single somersault, and (drum roll, please) the Famous Flying Banana Brothers, you won’t want to miss this one!

{kindly taken from the Klise Sisters’ site}

My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of the Klise sisters’ books {ever since I got hold of Regarding the Bees several years ago, I’ve been hooked!}, so I was super-duper excited to finally get the chance to read the first book in their latest series called The Three-Ring Rascals. A mix of their usual letters and other artifacts format, with regular writing mixed in, The Show Must Go On! was an adorable read. I plan to recommend it to anyone and everyone that is a fan of books for young kids. I must be on a roll too, after just finishing Bo at Ballard Creek, another amazing novel for children!

Sir Sydney owns the BEST circus. Ever. However, as he grows older, Sir Sydney fears that managing the circus is becoming too much. In comes Barnabas Brambles. He plans to take over Sir Sydney’s circus for the week. The reason? Money. The characters in this book were over-the-top, and ridiculous, yet I loved them! The Klise sisters never fail to make thoroughly entertaining characters with distinct personalities. Every time I read about Sir Sydney I wanted to give him a big hug. He was so kind and forgiving, and that’s such a big lesson to teach to kids! Even Barnabas Brambles, the “bad guy,” had his redeeming qualities. I am excited to see how he grows in Book Two. One thing I found odd was that some animals had the ability to communicate with humans, while others did not. They were all characters, obviously, but I am still a bit puzzled as to why they didn’t all talk like us humans :)

Just like the characters, the story was ridiculous, but entertaining! I think the intended audience will adore it – I know I would have wanted to read it over and over again. The plot moves quickly, keeping the reader’s interest, and it always has you guessing what the author will throw at you next. And, once again, I am really looking forward to seeing how the overall story carries into Book Two. This one didn’t finish off with a cliffhanger necessarily, but there was enough to leave me with lingering questions at the end.

Overall, The Show Must Go On! pleasantly surprised me! I thought it was really cute, and I know, for sure, that I will continue with this series.

Pros: Entertaining and developed plot, as well as characters!

Cons: I was puzzled at a few of the author’s choices. Nothing huge, but I was curious, for example, why all the circus animals weren’t given the ability to talk.

Heads Up: Nothing!

Overall: I give it 4 stars {****} and I recommend it for ages 6 and up.

Have a delightful rest of your day!


2 thoughts on “The Show Must Go On: A Book Review

  1. I was so excited to see this! I loved the Regarding the… series, Letters from Camp, & Trial by Journal, so I’m happy that the Kilse sisters have another book out! This one looks so quirky and cute, I’ll have to check it out. Great review. :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland


    • I always forget about Letters from Camp but that is such a good one! :) This was a really cute read, so I encourage you to check it out. Thanks for commenting! :)


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