The Splendidly Spectacular Circus of Starzborough: The City of Smogg by Michelle Path illustrated by Hannah Purkiss
Multi-volume children’s author Michelle Path introduces us to her latest in the Circus series The City of Smogg:
Smogg is a concrete jungle devoid of plants and animals. The city’s inhabitants live a mundane life and have never even ventured outside of the city walls. However, when Calvin Callioni and his Most Splendidly Spectacular Circus of Starzborough come to visit, Smogg’s citizens soon discover that their leader has been suppressing them. They begin to question what lies beyond the city gates and start to rebel, spurred on by the larger-than-life ringmaster and his merry troupe of circus performers and animals. Will the citizens finally wake from their reverie after all these years?
I really enjoy the books for children that Michelle Path writes. She works hard to make sure kids will love them and the books are made to encourage conversation between child and parent. Many good lessons can be explored in the conversations.
There are many colorful illustrations that highlight the story quite well. The story has humorous and sad aspects. The citizens of Smogg are a very sad lot. The circus brings much more than a few short-lived moments of excitement. The citizens of Smogg find freedom and a new sense of life they hadn’t enjoyed before.
I give The Splendidly Spectacular Circus of Starzborough: The City of Smogg a score of 5.0 Stars!
I have reviewed several of Michelle’s books including the first Circus of Starzborough: https://www.wordrefiner.com/book-reviews/-the-most-splendidly-spectacular-circus-of-starzborough-by-michelle-path
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