By Michelle Path Illustrated by Hannah Purkiss
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?
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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