Monday, September 5, 2016

[BOOK REVIEW] Morris and Boris at the Circus by Bernard Wiseman

Title:  Morris and Boris at the Circus

Author:  Bernard Wiseman

Genre:  Animals / Comedy / Friendship / Circus

Year Published: 1988

Year Read:  2016

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Series: Morris and Boris 

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 3+  (Nothing Objectionable)

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I have been reading Bernard Wiseman’s (or B. Wiseman in most of his releases) “Morris the Moose” series ever since I was little and I never would have thought that there were more “Morris the Moose” books out there, especially the ones that also stars Morris’ friend Boris the Bear!  So, when I picked up “Morris and Boris at the Circus,” I was pleasantly surprised with the wacky style of this story!

The story starts off with Boris the Bear telling Morris the Moose that there is a circus in town and Morris did not know anything about the circus since he had never gone to one before.  So, Boris decided to take Morris to the circus and show him what the circus is all about.  At the circus, Boris showed Morris the various tigers, lions and clowns performing for the audience, but then Morris notices that there are no moose in the circus and he asks the ringmaster if he could join the circus.

Can Morris perform any of the acts in the circus and will he drive Boris crazy with his mistakes?

Read this book to find out!

B. Wiseman has done an awesome job at writing this story as it is extremely hilarious and witty to read as I enjoyed the crazy adventures that Morris and Boris have in the circus!  I loved the way that B. Wiseman wrote the relationship between Morris and Boris as they have that “odd couple” feel as they are polar opposites to each other and yet they are still friends despite the various misunderstandings between them.  I loved the fact that Morris continuously drives Boris crazy with his constant mistakes in trying to perform circus tricks as it brings so much humor and wit to the story and I found myself laughing out loud with Morris making mistakes during the circus performances while Boris is desperately trying to get Morris to understand the core concept of the circus!  I also loved the fact that both Morris and Boris have different personalities as Morris is shown to be the well-intentioned goofy character to Boris’ more stern and irritating sidekick who tries to straighten Morris out and it was great seeing the hilarious relationship between these two characters!  B. Wiseman’s artwork is truly hilarious to look at as Morris is shown to be a goofy looking character with buck teeth that is shown to always be smiling on each page, while Boris is shown as a much bigger character than Morris and he is usually portrayed with a frown on his face on each page as he constantly has to deal with Morris’ crazy antics.  I also loved the circus scenes as it was great seeing various circus performers performing for the audience and my favorite image in this book was of the dogs doing tricks such as walking on their hands and then bowing to the audience as it looks truly adorable to me.

Overall, “Morris and Boris at the Circus” is a fantastic and hilarious read about the adventures of Morris and Boris and the mayhem they cause at the circus!  I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.


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