Here's a photo of Kelly as Willy, taken in 1947:
In honor of Emmett Kelly, I want to share a surprising circus picture book by Adam Rex, Three-Ring Circus [JP REX].
In a quiet little lea, several miles out of town, a tree grows. It becomes home to sparrows, chipmunks, a whopping big bee...a runaway clown? Two poodles? An ape? Wait a minute. . . .This book is a little bit of everything--a cumulative tale, a rhyming book, a counting book, and a pile of fun. (Even the credit page has its humor--"No animals were harmed in the making of this book. The cat complained of neck pain, but was later found to be faking.")
In his quirky but realistic style, Rex creates the greatest show on earth--or at least, in a tree.
Here's a bit of the text:
The traveling circus of Barley & Brown
looks up and down for their runaway clown.
Because they both stare at the tree, they don't see
that two clever apes are stealing their key.
For a rhyming good time, also check out the Poetry Friday Round-Up being held this week at Check It Out!