written by Kate Klise
illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
This is book 1 of the Three Ring Rascals. When you finish you’ll be glad that there is a plan for more stories with the characters that you’ve come to love.
The book opens with “If you’re ever walking down a dusty road and see a sign that looks like this, STOP and look closely.” The sign says: Coming Soon! Sir Sidney’s Circus Animals! Acrobats! Amazing Feats That Will DAZZLE YOUR EYES and DELIGHT YOUR BRAIN!
Sir Sidney’s circus is the best in the world, but Sir Sidney is getting old and a bit tired of travel. He loves his circus and his animals, big and small, but he needs some help. After a day of pacing and listing, considering and wondering Sir Sidney hires certified lion tamer, Barnaby Brambles to manage his circus. Right from the start things begin to go wrong. You see Barnaby Brambles doesn’t understand that kindness goes a long way. He doesn’t consider how all things are connected. If you eliminate one thing or add another what is good doesn’t always remain. Barnaby Brambles also doesn’t know that all things are not what they seem. If a deal seems to be too good to be true, it just might be. No, Barnaby Brambles doesn’t think about anything but money and becoming rich. He cuts corners in every way that he can. If he thinks he can get away with it, he tries it and he has no qualms about telling a lie if it will get him what he wants. He is bad, through and through.
What will become of the best circus in the world now that he is in charge? Will the acrobats perform? Will the animals be safe and cared for? You’ll have to read The Show Must Go On! to find out. It’s smafunderful!
You can Meet the Cast here and learn a more about the book. Which character are you most like? I’m curious to know what you think.