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Abandoned by his poverty-stricken parents, Eugenio is taken in by kindly circus folk and grows up to become the most popular clown at the circus.
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Packed with the wisdom of folklore, this impressive, oversize picture book pulsates between laughter and sadness, sunlight and shadow. A magician discovers baby Eugenio outside his circus trailer and, over the years, transforms him into "the one, the only, the fabulous clown" who brings delight to others wherever he goes. But something is missing from Eugenio's life, and he asks his circus friends for advice. Finally Madame Cobra sees "his past repeating itself" and counsels him to return home, predicting that a surprise will await him. Debut author Cockenpot warmly unfolds Eugenio's plight, spiking her text with wordplay (" 'Why, you're all twisted up,' said Mash-Mish, the contortionist"). Mattotti's spectacular artwork dazzles with its bold use of color, capturing the excited air of the big top. His figures form pleasing, almost sensuous shapes, curving against a backdrop of billowing velvets and canvases until they appear as figures in dreamscapes. He locates the darkness in this tale as well as its mirth, expressing its sadness in deft use of black tones and in swirling thunder clouds. The sophistication of Mattotti's childlike art emphasizes the powerful undercurrents of Cockenpot's story. Ages 4-8.
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Ages 6-10. Eugenio is a very loved child born to a very poor mother and father who abandoned him at the big top because they cannot care for him. At the circus, he lives a happy life as a clown and makes other people happy, too. But one day, he becomes sad. Seeking a remedy for his pain, Eugenio goes from tent to tent asking each of his friends for what is missing from his life. Each responds characteristically: The tightrope walkers say, "Life is a balancing act"; the strongman says, "You must be strong." Mattotti's paintings of these encounters are wild displays of color and composition, but nonetheless, his surrealistic circus is a real home. The circus people are big and bold, and they care about Eugenio. Mattotti matches the strong emotions in the story with his grand characterizations, and his sad clown seems so very sad in such a setting. In the end, his friends help Eugenio, and he makes himself and others happy again. Kathryn Broderick
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Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1994. Condition: New. Lorenzo Mattotti (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0316149225
Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316149225