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Sep 19 2012

Fizzlebert Stump - The boy who ran away from the circus (and joined a library) by A.F Harrold

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Bloomsbury, 2012. ISBN 978 1 4088 3003 1.
This is a quirky story with an unusual storyline.
Fizzlebert had grown up in a circus. His father was the circus strongman and his mother a circus clown. His days were spent engaging with the variety of people who live and work in the circus.
After an unexpected meeting with a group of local school children Fizzlebert finds a book. The advice from his circus friends is to return it to the library. But Fizzlebert doesn't know what a library is so he sets off one morning to try and locate it in the local town. Locate it he does however in his enthusiasm to join the library he is deceived by a couple whose intentions are not good. The remaining story has us following Fizzlebert through some adventures until his parents realise he is missing and come to find him. The format of the text and storyline will not appeal to everyone however good triumphs over evil in the end.
Tracy Glover

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