''Mr Benn has been part of my life since 1965 but it feels as though he's always been there. Over the years public reaction to him has been very rewarding. The fact that Tate has published him in his original form is really the icing on the cake.'' - David McKee
Mr Benn is an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures. In this enchanting story he swaps his bowler hat and black suit for a clown costume and finds himself transported into a world of big-top tents and circus performers.
First published thirty years ago, Big-Top Benn is one of a series of stories by author and illustrator David McKee that inspired the legendary Mr Benn TV series. McKee's original artwork brings the glories of a golden age of children's book illustration and story-telling to a new generation.
David McKee is the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books and the creator of several memorable characters besides Mr Benn, including Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and King Rollo.
It's extraordinary that so few of the adventures of McKee's cult character, Mr Benn, have been available in recent years, which makes this fine edition a delight for adult fans of the 1970s icon. It will also attract a new generation of followers.
This is a delightful book ... The artwork is beautiful and intricate and would prompt enough discussion just on its own. A book to treasure for future generations.
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A fine picture-book ... a very fine tale to share and enjoy.
School Librarian Journal
Quirky and magical.
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