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The Midnight Circus

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 10th 1993 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1992)
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The cover suggests something magical. And to be fair, there are some photos that are nice. The rooftops, for instance. But from the get-go, I had the MST3K team in my head, trying to come up with funny captions. Then I felt bad because obviously a lot of work goes into something like this. But the illustrations are so terrible to look at. The buildings are on a whole nice to look at, but . . . it's the ugliness of the characters and the facial expressions. I mean, I don't need to see supermodels ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Lindsey rated it liked it
A little boy dreams of going to a midnight circus on a mechanical horse that comes to life to join him in his act.

This wasn't one of my favorite wordless picture books. I think David Wiesner's books are definitely better. This seems like a pretty good book for primary grades since the little boy cries over a mechanical horse. I could see some high school boys definitely rolling their eyes over that.
Oct 11, 2013 Felicity rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated book about a boy getting upset when the shopkeeper replaces the electronic horse he rides on with a rocket. This is a good book for young children as it is a picture book. However it is also sophisticated enough for adults.
Oct 21, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a wonderful fantasy with much intrigue and a delicately placed love story. I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
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Jan 21, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it liked it
Shelves: circuses, dreams, wordless
A wordless book about a little boy who is upset that the coined operated horse outside the store is replaced by a rocket ship ride. He dreams of himself and the horse in the circus.
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