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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Top Benn, 1 May 2011
S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Big Top Benn (Hardcover)
Mr Benn is one of the all time great childrens characters and 2011 is the 40th anniversary of David McKee's much loved television series. As we all know, Mr Benn is an ordinary man and lives on an ordinary street, when he is invited to a fancy dress party. The books and TV series follows Mr Benn's adventures, as he visits a fancy dress shop and emerges from the changing room into different adventures, depending on his choice of outfit.

In this book, Mr Benn is a clown. He finds the circus cannot go to their next show as the room is blocked by boulders. Luckily, Mr Benn meets an old friend from a previous adventure, Smasher, who finds his vocation as he is so strong and ends up staying with the circus. Mr Benn finally manages to have fun as a clown, before going back to the shop and changing into his own clothes.

Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo stage play) have created a wonderful Mr Benn show, which my children recently watched and loved. I would highly recommend going to see it if it is performed near you ([...] There is also an excellent DVD, Mr Benn - the Complete Series [DVD. This book is a delightful story, with lovely artwork and if, like me, you watched Mr Benn as a child too, hopefully you will also enjoy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the Mr Benn of the TV show but still a classic, 10 Mar 2014
K. J. Noyes "Katy Noyes" (Derbyshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Big-top Benn (Paperback)
4.5 stars

I'd have given it 5 stars but for the fact that I was raised on McKee's later Benn stories, with the TV style illustrations and prefer those. I also found this longer story not as compact and structured to read aloud. It's longer than the others and attention wavered a little (and my son is a big fan).

That said, I really liked it, especially knowing that these early stories developed into the TV show. The elements are there - costume shop, shopkeeper, costumes, magic door and land of adventure. This story is more complicated than the others but tells a good (and interesting) story of Mr Benn at the circus. A character from an earlier story (which we haven't read) is key but not essential to know about.

I'd want to start off with the stories done in the style of the TV show before reading this one with a child. But Mr Benn is still a fantastic creation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Benn - Big Top Benn, 16 May 2012
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The book was great it was enjoyed very much by my class, it was well packaged and received in good time
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Big Top Benn by David McKee (Hardcover - 1 Sep 2010)
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