The Circus Thief by Alane Adams

The Circus Thief

The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing Roxie, a trained horse who can do all sorts of tricks. When Georgie is invited to ride on her back, he discovers it’s her last show―Roxie is going to be sent to the work farm! When Roxie bolts with Georgie on her back, Papa must come to hi...

Details The Circus Thief

TitleThe Circus Thief
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Circus Thief

  • PattyMacDotComma
    3"'Now why would I give you a dollar for something you ought to do? Should I charge you for that new pair of shoes you’re wearing?''Georgie looked down at his shiny boots. 'No, Papa.''Should I charge you for that new coat I bought you?''No. Georgie shuffled his feet. 'It’s just, the circus is in town and I was hoping I could go.'"I think every child has had a time when they were afraid to ask for something but wanted it badly enough to take a...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    I'm missing something. This beautifully illustrated children's book makes no sense. There is a boy who does his chores and asks his father to attend the circus. Dad takes him and friend. During the main show the boy gets to ride an older, almost retired circus horse. Said horse runs off after the show (with the boy on it) as the horse has (presumably) figured out that she is destined for a work camp. Circus owner and Dad have a discussion about t...
  • Jessika
    I loved the idea behind this sweet little children's book, and I loved the vibrant illustrations even more--they were simply stunning! As a resident of Pennsylvania and as a history fan, I was definitely looking forward to reading this one. My favorite part of this book was the illustrations, hands down. The colors were brilliant, which will definitely appeal to children. They were also very atmospheric and were perfectly fitting for the time per...
  • Etienne
    Wonderful illustrations! But that's about it for me there. The story in itself is cute as far as the visit to the circus goes, but the last part about saving the horse and all... I didn't really see the point or the interest in those last pages and it really drop my appreciation of the book, I was going for a four, but with that kind of ending, I drop it at 2,5/5. Too bad!
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    There are books that stun you with their lessons or subtle messages/morals, there are books that stun you with their author's obvious grasp and understanding of history, there are books that stun you with their illustrations, there are books that stun with their writing, and then there are those that do all of the above.The Circus Thief is that last type. Circuses are nearly things of the past and certainly the type and the era in general that Al...
  • Literary Soirée
    I adore THE CIRCUS THIEF, a lovely story about the circus coming to a small 1920s Pennsylvania town, geared to children ages 4–8. The illustrations are gorgeous and the tale of Georgie, who has done all his farm chores and convinces his Dad to take him and his friend Harley to the circus, gives such a sweet look at ‘20s life, when the world spun more slowly and the chance to see elephants and clowns was as exciting as any super hero multiplex...
  • Amanda
    After reading that this book was geared for ages 4-8, I decided to have my own kids (ages 4 and 7) read it with me for a test drive. Coincidentally, my kids' grandfather (who they call Papa) was visiting us at the same time so my kids were really drawn to Georgie's father who also goes by the name Papa. My kids' first reaction to the story was that Georgie was only asking for a dollar for completing his chores and my kids didn't think it was fair...
  • Juliana
    3.5 stars. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a sweet story about a boy who wishes to go to the circus because it's in town. He completes all of his chores and asks his father if he could go, who says yes. His father takes him and his friend to the circus and there he sees a show with an old horse that is retiring after the show.The illustrations are what makes this story. They are absolutely gorgeou...
  • Laura Smith
    The story starts out good, but about halfway through it takes a nose dive. The horse gets spooked and takes off with Georgie on it, why would anyone think he was stealing the horse? And when he explains that, and that he found out that the circus horse is destined for the work farm, why does his father, who seems to be a simple farmer, have wads of cash in his pocket that he “crushes” into the man’s hand to buy the horse? And then the story...
  • Stephani Beltran
    This looked like such a cute book from the cover and description. My 4 year old daughter saw the cover and became curious right away and wanted me to read it to her. She said she was happy that the show horse from the circus was able to find a new home and someone to take care of her. It was sweet to hear her feedback and really get into it. She said she wants me to buy this book for her to put on her shelf in her room and display it.
  • Renae McBrian
    My kids LOVED this story, and immediately asked me to read it again when I finished the first time.
  • Maki
    Beautiful illustrations and a very nice story about visiting the circus for the first time.
  • Storywraps
    The Setting: Summer, 1929Girard, Pennsylvania during the depressionThe Characters: ~ Georgie - a tender-hearted, empathetic, animal-loving boy~ Georgie's parents - a poor, hardworking couple that struggle to sustain their farm and love each other, especially Georgie~ Harley - Georgie's good friend~ Roxie - a magnificent, smart, talented, trick horse from the Circus stableThe PlotThis is a charming story set in 1929 when the depression made it so...
  • Amanda Williams
    This is a beautiful book with an unexpected twist to the end. Lovely story with a good moral. Really enjoyed this one.
  • Leigh Frohnapfel
    Great story, beautiful illustrations. Story keeps the pages turning and you are left wanting more at the end. Perfect to read to a young audience. Recommend it to all my teacher friends and mothers with littles.
  • Psusan
    My grandson and I were greatly enjoying The Circus Thief by Alane Adams when it abruptly ended. The trip to the circus, the ride on Roxie, the conflict in the story and then the solution was completed with little detail and no epilogue. My grandson kept trying to click to the next page thinking that there was more to the story. Perhaps there is, and the review copy just didn’t give it all. He really wanted to see all return to the farm, to see ...
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    I did not realize that this is a series, but that is not an issue when reading this story. This is a sweet story about Georgie who wants to go to the circus. When he completes all of his chores and his father takes him and his friend to the circus. They enjoy everything they see and when they see Roxie, the showhorse, Georgie gets to ride on his back. Roxie is being retired after the show, and when Georgie climbs on his back, Roxie bolts as she d...
  • Hilda
    Now why should I give you a dollar for something you ought to do?This book had a very good start. I loved the little boy, Georgie. He really wanted to go to the circus and was scared to ask. I remember that time. Being young and really wanting something but afraid your parents wouldn’t or couldn’t give it to you. It really resonated with me. The feels!! I also loved the ending and my goodness the beautiful illustrations. There was so much col...
  • Vithya
    I couldn’t have agreed more with the other reviews the book got!It was beautifully illustrated book with well defined characters. I loved Georgie’s father character the most. He was the kind of parent every child deserves.The one thing that stood out was the way Georgie’s father tackled his son calmly and gently when he asked for a dollar for the household chores he had done.This book is equally good for parents and children both, as it tea...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    I first fell in love with Gerogie when I read THE COAL THIEF which is the first book featuring Georgie. I was completely enthralled with THE COAL THIEF and remember feeling moved after reading it. I think I may love THE Circus Thief just as much. I feel like there is a perfect marriage between the writer and the illustrator for this series because they each perfectly capture the essence of the era, weather, moods, characters and setting brilliant...
  • Theediscerning
    When a young lad's hard work pays off, and he gets allowed to go to the circus with his best friend, he gets a lot more than he bargained for, in this short and sweet read. I'd certainly rate the illustrations more than the text, as they're really well handled; the story isn't too bad but one minute a certain character seems to be a bit of a penny-pincher, the next he's loaded, and the whole thing does just kind of stop as opposed to come to a na...
  • Jen
    I had a guest reviewer for this book, my 7 year old daughter. I thought, who better to give an opinion on a kids book? So we snuggled down on the couch together and read this wonderful little story. The colors were amazing. Vibrant and pleasing to the eye. The story itself was short and sweet, yet still a great length for this age group. My daughter was able to read it to me and was very happy with the ending. She gives this book 2 thumbs up and ...
  • Darcy
    The illustrations in this book were colorful and engaging, but the story itself was quite uninteresting and didn't live up to the bright illustrations. The title didn't really fit the story and was even somewhat misleading. The "thief" incident didn't occur until near the end of the book and was very anticlimactic. I can imagine small children enjoying the illustrations of this book, but I can't see many really loving the story.
  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    What starts out as a great story set in the 1920's about a young boy wanting to visit the circus, ends with a story that felt incomplete and lacked any sort of resolution. However, the illustrations are great, and the historically setting was one of the elements I liked about this story. This story would have been more a lot appealing if there hadn't been an abrupt, incomplete ending. I'm not sure if I have an incomplete story with the unsolicite...
  • Michele(mluker) Luker
    The Circus Thief is the fourth book in this series, set in the historical time of the 1920's. It brings to life a beautiful adventure of attending a circus for an award of doing your chores.The thrill of this new experience comes to life with absolutely gorgeous illustrations.With an unexpected twist, this short story is full of lessons that can start a great conversation with your little one.A fun read that all the little ones will enjoy!!
  • Nicole
    |#partner| Thank you @booksparks @alaneadamsbooks for the free review copy!•Happy publication day to The Circus Thief! I absolutely love the illustrations in this book. It really helps bring the story to life! It is such a sweet story about a boy and his trip to the circus. I love that it takes place in the 1920s. So fun! If you’re looking for a cute story with great illustrations, I recommend adding this one to your child’s library.
  • Lauri Heaton
    The Circus Thief is a delightful tale of Georgie on yet another adventure. This is the fourth in The Thief Series for Alane Adams. The Circus Thief allows young readers to glimpse into the life of a young boy in 1920's Pennsylvania. Georgie begs his Papa for a chance to go to the circus. Not only does Georgie enjoy the show, but the end of the story shows us his compassion and kindness; virtues we need in today's world. A wonderful addition to an...
  • Kelsey
    A positive, compassionate story about a boy who visits the circus the circus horse he meets. Unfortunately, much of the story seemed rushed and I thought it ended very abruptly. However, the illustrations are delightful and the boy's compassion for the horse, Roxie, shines.
  • Kimberly
    Okay but...then what?? Am I missing something?The illustrations are warm and inviting and unfortunately don’t match the tone of the book at all. The ending is abrupt and bizarre. What a weird book.
  • Hannah-lynette Hunter
    Definitely a book for older readers and more of a daytime read than a bedtime tale. The illustrations are beautiful and has more of a story than other little human reads.