Circus Mirandus: Book Review

June 28th, 2015 by

Circus Mirandus_Cassie-BeasleyUsually, here at Kidsmomo we diplomatically divvy up the books we read — typically there’s only one copy! But for Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley, we were lucky enough to get our hands on TWO advance copies from the publisher, so we were able to read it at the same time! Based on this description, both of us were very excited to visit Circus Mirandus:

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other — the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn’t want to keep his promise. And now it’s up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.

So what did we think? Instead of summing it up, find out from our conversation below!

Karen: I enjoyed Circus Mirandus, but I have to say I was a teeny bit disappointed. I wanted to spend more time at the circus!
Nancy: That didn’t bother me at all. I liked the glimpses of the circus but Micah’s experience through the book (in and out of the circus) was what I thought was most interesting.
Karen: I think I was actually more interested in Ephraim’s story than Micah’s. But then again, that’s probably because there was more circus in that storyline! And I don’t mean to say that I think the book would have been stronger or better written if there had been more circus scenes; I just personally really wanted to be at that circus! Ha ha.
Nancy: This is new — usually I like backstory (I’m all about MORE BACKSTORY in books), and this time it’s reverse. But actually, I did like the backstory a lot.
Karen: I really liked how the backstory eventually included Great-Aunt Gertrudis. But maybe I shouldn’t say any more until we get to the spoilers section? Yeah, let’s just say that I enjoyed learning about what in her past might have caused Great-Aunt Gertrudis to be such a meanie.
Nancy: You know who wasn’t a meanie? Jenny Mendoza. I thought that a) she was hilarious (intentionally and unintentionally) and b) it was good to see someone Micah’s age who doesn’t believe in magic.
Nancy: Were you more of a Jenny or Micah growing up?
Karen: Probably a Jenny. One of my favorite “imaginative” games as a kid was to pretend I was a librarian! Not so fantastical…
Nancy: HA! You’re such a nerd, nerd. I am definitely a Micah. I still think a lot about how great it would be to have magical powers.
Karen: Speaking of magical powers, I want to talk about the Lightbender and Victoria, but I don’t think we can do that without spoilers…


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If you haven’t read the book and have decided NOT to click on the oh-so-tempting flashing button above, it’s okay! Let us know if you’re interested in reading Circus Mirandus below!

— Nancy and Karen

icon_nancyNancy loooves spoilers. If she had the magical power to travel through time, Past Nancy would definitely jump to the future and see what Future Nancy wrote in the spoilery review above. And then acquire a jet pack. More about Nancy »

icon_karenKaren avoids spoilers when she’s really excited about a book because she’s easily disappointed; the less she knows ahead of time, the better. But when it’s a book she knows she’s never going to read, it’s Wikipedia all the way! More about Karen »

2 Responses

  • Bowen writes:
    December 11th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I’m reading this for are Mock Newbery project, I hope it will win the Newbery Medal for 2015!!

  • Nevaeh writes:
    March 9th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    This book sounds interesting. I would like to read this one day.

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