The Clown of God: An Old Story

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has. “The full-color pictures with subtle tonal modulations are an integral part of the design of the lumious pages full of movement and vitality. The Italianate aspects of the setting are beautifully realized.”--The Horn Book

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Picture Book The illustrations are great. - Goodreads
Ending was awkward and unsure. - Goodreads
The writing is minimal and easy to understand. - Goodreads
The illustrations are wonderful and the story touching. - Borders
The ending of this story is tragic and beautiful. - Goodreads
My first introduction to dePaola's work many years ago. - Goodreads

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User Review  - A. - Goodreads

Nothing makes me cry quite as hard as this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Ms Threlkeld - Goodreads

Huh, I don't think this would go over well as a read aloud with students since it makes a ton of references to the Christian church and has a line about the main character dropping dead. As always, I like dePaola's illustration style - this just isn't one of my favorite books of his. Read full review

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About the author (1978)

Tomie dePaola is an artist, designer, educator, painter, muralist, author, and illustrator. He was born in Meriden, Connecticut on September 15, 1934. He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1956, a M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1969, and a doctoral equivalency from Lone Mountain College in 1970. He has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. His murals and paintings can be seen in many churches and monasteries throughout New England. He has designed greeting cards, magazine and record album covers, and theater sets. His work is shown in galleries and museums, and his books have been published in more than 15 countries.

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