If I Ran the Circus

If I Ran the Circus

Book - 1984
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Step right up for Dr. Seuss's classic rhyming picture-book tale of young Morris McGurk's big circus dreams. This circus has more than a mere lion tamer and trapeze artist! At the Circus McGurkus, you'll be intrigued by the wink-hooded Hoodwink, terrified by the Spotted Atrocious, and amazed by the daring feats of the great Sneelock. And these are just a few of the astonishing things you'll find under this big top. Told with the humor and originality that are synonymous with Dr. Seuss, If I Ran the Circus is a crowd-pleasing showstopper!

Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Random House, c1984.
ISBN: 9780394800806
Branch Call Number: E SEU
Characteristics: [60] pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm.


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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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