If I Ran the Circus

If I Ran the Circus

Book - 1956
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A young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses.
Publisher: New York, Random House [1956]
ISBN: 9780394900803
Branch Call Number: JE SEUS
Characteristics: [65] p. illus. 29 cm.


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Mar 08, 2019

This is such a silly, fun book, typical of Dr Seuss. It might be too lengthy for younger children. But my 5.5 year old (who has a good attention span with books) really loved reading this!

ArapahoeSarahD Dec 17, 2018

I reread this story and was surprised to find how difficult the words are to pronounce! Props to my parents for reading this to us kids again...and again...and again...

VaughanPLSarahN May 17, 2017

In classic Seuss style, this story about a young dreamer envisioning the circus he wants to own is full of zany characters and made up words.
In less classic Seuss style, the book is quite long, the made up words very numerous, and the story lacks the repetition that makes the length digestible for young audiences.

Oct 10, 2016

Love it. I especially like the parts about Mr Sneelock. Wonderful drawings, great words, lots of imagination.

Mar 05, 2015

A boy sees an empty lot behind Mr. Sneelock's store and imagines the circus he could run there. Of course Mr. Sneelock does a lot of the work in the boy's imagination including many death defying tricks.

It was fun following the boy's imagined circus and the many strange acts he would include. The story is sprinkled with humor about the things Mr. Sneelock will do even though he doesn't know about it yet.

The only difficultly with the story was when the words became bogged down in many spots making it harder to get through the paragraphs. There were too many made up words in a row making is difficult to figure out Seuss' meaning. If he had slowed down and simplified it would have been a far better story. But it is still an enjoyable read for grades k-4.

Amalia Trusca
May 18, 2011

I think I can speak good english, after 20 years, but I couldnt understand this book. At some point, I thought about asking my son 5 yrs old, if he gets anything that I am reading. He immediately said NO.
Very hard to understand - it's not in plain english!!


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