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Who Put the B in Ballyhoo? [Hardcover]

Carlyn Beccia

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (9 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618717188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618717187
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 21.8 x 29.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,485,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who Put the B in Ballyhoo? Illustrated in the vintage style of circus posters, this picture book captures the weird and wonderful while fascinating sidebars reveal historical truths behind America's circuses. Full color. Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids will find it a colorful, fun survey of the circus atmosphere of yesterday. 10 Jun 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Many books offer circus insights, but this WHO PUT THE BI N THE BALLYHOO is different: it uses the author's background in graphic design and advertising and pairs this with her interest in vintage circus advertisements to provide a colorful blend of full-page artistic posters describing circus acts with commentary on each circus legend. Kids will find it a colorful, fun survey of the circus atmosphere of yesterday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 30 Mar 2007
By Gina Pacelli - Published on Amazon.com
When I handed the book to my four year old nephew, he responded, "Oh, it's just a book" as he chucked it to the side. A few minutes later I was able to have him sit with me while I showed him the pictures and read him the rhymes. He became captivated by the images and wanted to show everyone who was with us. He brought the book over to his grandmother so she could read it to him as well. The pictures are so beautiful that even the antsiest child will want to see what is next, while the adult sharing the book with the child is blown away by the artwork. This book is a complete hit!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book of circuses past 26 April 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Step right up and see the best children's book ever to captivate the minds and hearts of adults!

That is how the ballyhoo barker in Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? might attract readers to this brilliant and colorful poster book by Carlyn Beccia.

While this book is presented as an alphabet book for grades 1-5, it is just as attractive and enjoyable as an adult's coffee table book. Beccia's posters represent the last 200 years of circus legends, along with humorous rhymes and fascinating historical information. It all made me forget that this is an alphabet book! It is more like a museum on the printed page. The collection of posters inside is a good introduction to circus history for anyone. My grandfather and father excitedly waited for the circus trains to come to town in eastern Ohio in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They met the train with their friends and helped set up the tents and care for the elephants, earning free tickets to the shows. Today, reading Beccia's book, I see part of what they experienced--and it is priceless.

This book contains so much intriguing material that I want to visit the circus museums in the United States and read the related Web sites. The content will likely move children in the same direction and increase their reading interests. Its posters and text describe the Strongman, the Bearded Lady, the Siamese Twins, Patty's Dancing Pigs, flea circuses, boxing kangaroos, tigers, elephants, parades, and acrobats that hang by their hair. It even shows The Flying Wallendas, whom I have seen on TV.

Carlyn Beccia is a talented children's book illustrator that stretched her talent to provide this entertaining volume. In it, she has included material from P.T. Barnum, four historical books about circus histories, an A & E Television Network special called Histories Mysteries: Circus Freaks and Sideshows, and The Dime Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Armchair Interviews says: Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? is a priceless treat for readers of all ages and a collection that will become a classic to hand down through the generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step right up! 25 April 2007
By E. Thibault - Published on Amazon.com
A joy for ALL ages. The witty prose and amazing illustrations really pull the reader into the circus fantasy world. My nephews can't get enough of it!! I read that this is the author/illustrator's first book and I look forward to her next release! Simply delightful.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WAS OK 20 Oct 2013
By Dorina Aldo - Published on Amazon.com
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