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Mr Benn Big Top

Written by David McKee

Illustrated by David McKee

Part of the Mr Benn Series

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Mr Benn Big Top Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers

Another extraordinary and wonderful adventure with Mr Benn

‘It must be fun to dress up and make people laugh’, muses Mr Benn at the beginning of this adventure, newly reissued by Andersen Press to mark 50 years of David McKee’s iconic, bowler-hatted hero. Inspired, by the thought, Mr Benn steps into that magical costume shop, picks out a red nose and emerges through a different door as a clown, with a his very own clown car to drive. A wonderful adventure follows, in which Mr Benn, with typical consideration and generosity, helps the circus folk when they find a bridge down. He meets an old friend too, ex-convict Smasher Lagru, and finds him a job as circus strongman. McKee’s illustrations are superb, full of movement and humour, bold blocks of colour and dizzying perspectives dazzling to the eye. Mr Benn looks as fresh as he did when he first began his extraordinary adventures.

Andrea Reece

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Celebrate 50 years of the iconic BBC TV series with the original Mr Benn picture books! Voted 3rd in a BBC poll of 25 to 45 year olds of all-time favourite children's shows Voted 6th in Channel 4's poll of the 100 greatest kid's TV shows Voted 10th most famous time-traveller by The Times.

Mr Benn Big Top Synopsis

When Mr Benn visits the little fancy dress shop, he enters a fantastical world of adventure as if by magic... 

Today, Mr Benn swaps his trademark black bowler hat and suit for a clown costume, and finds himself magically transported to a world full of circus performers, magicians and big top tents.

Collect all four Mr Benn classics in their 50th anniversary paperback editions!

Mr Benn Red Knight

Mr Benn Big Top

Mr Benn Big Game

Mr Benn 123456789

Mr Benn Big Top Press Reviews

..the very name is enough to induce a warm glow of childish bliss...' Telegraph

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ISBN: 9781839130724
Publication date: 01/07/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130724
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical

About David McKee

David McKee was born in Devon and studied at Plymouth Art College. In the early part of his career, McKee regularly drew and sold humorous drawings to magazines and newspapers such as The Times Educational Supplement, Punch and the Reader’s Digest. David McKee has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press and has penned a number of children’s classics including King Rollo, Mr Benn, Not Now Bernard and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. David loves to paint and now lives in the South of France but regularly visits the UK.  One of the ...

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