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Clown [Library Binding]

Quentin Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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25 April 2008
Clown finds himself thrown head-first into a dustbin with an assortment of other discarded toys. Bravely, he takes charge of his fate and goes off in search of help. The story unfolds without words in a fast-moving series of Blake's characteristically idiosyncratic illustrations.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435265599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435265592
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 22.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,653,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charming book that could be characterized as "a silent film between book covers". Follow the fortunes of Clown, an exuberant fellow who starts out in a dustbin but ends up with a happy family in this inventive picture story. Master illustrator Quentin Blake has created an irrepressible character, an action-filled plot and an eloquent story that can be read on several levels--all without the use of a single word. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A delightful story of the frantic antics of a toy clown who finds himself thrown head-first into a dustbin with an assortment of other discarded toys" (Observer) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming tale where you supply the words! 7 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This wonderful story is told in pictures alone. Quentin Blake's cartoon style drawings are, as always, very expressive and lend themselves to a rich world of imagination. The bare bones of the story is that a group of toys are chucked out into the dustbin. Clown pulls himself out and sets out to rescue his friends by befriending anyone who will help. After a few very funny false starts, he is thrown through the window of a family who are finding it tough. The mother is exhausted and out at work, and a small girl and a baby are left to cope alone (without toys). Clown leads them to more toys and a bunch of flowers for mum. We can safely assume they all live happily ever after. In addition to being a very special book for children and adults, it is also a useful resource for those in education teaching children with English as a second language or others with special needs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars use in education 20 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I used Clown with a year 3 class. There are so many possibilities. I used it to teach children drama, each group acted out a scene and then we put all the scenes together. I also used it to get children to add their own text and speech bubbles. These are only a couple of ideas but you can imagine that there are an endless list of ways that this book could be used in the classroom to promote creativity! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful picture story... 27 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was sorry to see that this wonderful book might be out of print. One of Blake's classics, it's a story without words, told in the way that only Blake can. The whole range of emotions are covered, with the best of happy endings. Reprint, please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trainee teachers interpretation 23 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is by Quentin Blake, and it won the International Bologna Ragazzi Award in 1996. It is a "wordless picture book", or a "sequenced picture text". As there are no words in this book it allows the reader to tell the story in their own words. According to Rowe, the reader is the universal narrator or oral storyteller. This is how I would read the book (each bullet point is a new page):

* One day an old woman was having a clear out of her house and was getting rid of some old junk she no-longer needed. This included a heap of old toys her children no-longer played with. Some teddies, a rabbit, a parrot and a toy clown. The old lady throws them all into the bin.
* But the bin was already quite full, and the toy clown falls out of the bin. The clown dusts himself off, and starts looking around.
* He looks through the rest of the junk the old lady has thrown out and finds a pair of blue and white shoes which fit him perfectly. So he puts the shoes on and starts running through the town. He runs past the traffic and around the corner where he sees a young girl with her mum. The girls mum is talking to her friend, but the little girl looks curiously at the clown. The clown tries to explain to the little girl about all his toy friends who are still trapped in the rubbish bin, as he wants some help to save them.
* But then the little girls mum picks her up and takes her away, leaving the clown alone again. The clown is lost! He doesn't know what to do? Then a man with an orange and yellow stripy jumper suddenly lifts the clown up and puts him down in what seems to be a children's fancy dress line.
* "Smile... Say cheese!" says the camera man. All of the children in fancy dress and the clown are having their picture taken.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clown 13 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
i love this book its adventures are unbeatable you will not be able to put it down if you dare put it down you will immeadieatly pick it up again!

tiger Mulholland year 3r NLIS school
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clown 6 July 2009
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Format:Paperback
Meet clown. He goes from bins to going through the window.A girl needs help and he comes in. She needs to get everything tidy before her mum comes back.He makes a child from crying to happy and clapping her hands.Her mum comes in and smiles at the girl.She smiles back at mum. Then she smiles at clown. Clown grins back. What will happen next...? I thought it was lovely. Beatifully illustrated. You can tell a different story every time.It was good.It was an adventurous story. It has no words in it but it is really good. It was one of Quentin Blakes favourites. It was challenging for him. It made me smile and I am sure it will make you smile aswell. It is a real page turner. I love it. Katie S, Year 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!!!!!! 6 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A superb book!!! Fantastic pictures -make you want to copy and frame them.

Great tale of Clown - an array of textless emotions and experiences to exlpain to, or (-better-) to elicit from young children.

As a parent, and a reader, an absolute thumbs up!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make it up 12 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
There are no words just pictures - spent many happy hours with my kids making up the most outlandish stories to go with the text, it always made us laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Lovely story complete without words. Children can make up their own words so anyone can 'read' it. My Nursery class sat enthralled throughout.
Published 6 days ago by ms j keeling
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful book:)
I don't really like clowns but when I saw a documentary on Quentin Blake and he mentioned this book, I was tempted to order a copy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ollivander
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh?... I nearly cried.
Stunning book... no words, but what a beautiful tale of friendship,caring & not leaving your friends behind. I was so deeply moved by this - a master at work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clown book
Bought for my 3 year old sons christmas present, really loves it, beautiful illustrations and lovely story. Good value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clown
I read this to my grandson in the library, no words so you have to tell the story from the pictures. It is beautiful. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Thais Moth
4.0 out of 5 stars Clown
If you read this fantastic book of a clown you will like it because you can make your own story up so I would read this book. I liked this book
because it has a helpful clown. Read more
Published on 6 July 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Clown
It was good and funny and Clown was a good character. I like clown and he was in the bin. He helped a girl and he was a good clown. I liked the pictures because they were funny. Read more
Published on 6 July 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Clown
This book tells the story of a funny clown who sometimes gets into a little bit of mischief. He meets a little girl.
This beautiful book is full of excitement. Read more
Published on 6 July 2009
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