Be a Clown: Techniques from a Real Clown (Quick Starts for Kids!) by Ron Burgess, Heather Barberie (Illustrator), Ron Phillips
A children’s book (grades 4 – 8) that introduces the basics of clowning, including clown types (Auguste, White face, Tramp/Hobo), character development, and various funny bits. Illustrated, as well as black & white photographs of Ron Burgess in character as “Silly Willy.” Catherine Perkins’s The Most Excellent Book of How to Be a Clown is similar and has color photos, but Burgess’ book has more information and greater detail. Ron Burgess is a humorist, professional clown, and second-grade teacher
Publisher Comments about Be A Clown!:
Bring on the clowns!
- Paint on your funniest (or saddest) clown face.
- Create an amazing clown costume using everyday clothing and props.
- Perform awesome tricks, hilarious pratfalls, and funny bits.
Author’s Comments about Be A Clown!:
“The Library Journal that reviews books for libraries and schools had a long article about my book. Here are just two sentences from the review: “Whatever the reason for wanting to be a clown – participating in a talent show or starting a clown business entertaining at birthday parties this book will suit readers needs. “How To Be a Clown” by C. Perkins is a similar type book, but Burgess’ book “Be A Clown” has more information and greater detail.”
Wow!!! Talk about getting a big head.
The book is good for kids and adults.”