Circus Mirandus: Paperback Cover-age

August 9th, 2016 by

About a year ago, Karen and I reviewed Cassie Beasley’s debut book, Circus Mirandus, which — spoiler alert! — both of us recommended to all readers. I also clamored for a sequel or a movie adaptation, neither of which have been announced… yet. But while I wait, the paperback edition of the book hits shelves on August 16th!

As with many books, the cover design was updated for the paperback edition — check it out:


And now compare the hardcover and paperback side-by-side:

Circus Mirandus_Cassie-Beasley CIRCUS-MIRANDUS-paperback

My thoughts:

  • Wow, there’s a lot of stuff going on on the new cover.
  • A lot of stuff.
  • The hardcover is so minimalist and straightforward: Hey, this is a book about a circus.
  • The hardcover is also very distinctive — I could spot it easily on a shelf.
  • The paperback gives away more details of the story: All the main characters, including Chintzy the parrot, are present!
  • And I like the addition of a tagline: “Magic so wondrous, you have to believe it to see it.”
  • The styling of the title looks very old-timey circus-y, and I love it.
  • There was a die cut on the hardcover: A portion of the cover is cut out so the image on the next page is visible. This made the hardcover intriguing, but printing a die cut is expensive, so it’s understandable the paperback does not have a die cut.
  • While the new cover is exciting, it does look a lot like other fantasy novels to me:

After giving this a lot of thought, here’s my final verdict:
I love the new book cover as much as I love the book!

Which cover do you like more? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

— Nancy

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Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

January 8th, 2016 by

Circus Mirandus_Cassie-BeasleySubmitted by Krysta, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

In this book a kid named Micah Tuttle has a grandpa that is sick and can not get out of bed. His grandpa tells story’s about Circus Mirandus and Micah goes there to get a miracle to save his grandpa. Read to find out what happens.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

December 22nd, 2015 by

Circus Mirandus_Cassie-BeasleySubmitted by Bowen, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Micah’s grandfather, Ephraim, is dying, slowly. One day, Ephraim asked Micah to come in his room, which Micah had to sneak in there because of his Aunt Gertrude, who is very mean and, of course, was watching over Micah while his grandfather is sick. Micah was hoping that his grandfather will tell him another Circus Mirandus story, but instead Ephraim told Micah that the stories are true and that the powerful magician, the Lightbender, promised him a miracle. So Micah goes to look for the Circus. Will he find it?

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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— Nancy and Karen

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