SOMETHING TO READ
“Three-Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On!” by Kate Klise; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise; Algonquin Young Readers, $15.95, 160 pages.
Circus owner Sir Sidney is very good to his circus animals: He serves the freshest peanuts to Elsa the elephant. He allows two mice to hang around the circus and even eat leftover popcorn. But then he decides he’s too old to be running the circus and hires Barnabas Brambles to take over the show. But what’s up with Brambles? He decides to charge more for tickets, cut off the snacks, add many more shows, cut down on the rest time and even sell off some of the animals to the zoo.
This funny, suspenseful first book in a new series comes from the Klise sisters, who also collaborated on “Regarding the Fountain” and the 43 Old Cemetery Road series.
– Jean Westmoore
SOMETHING TO DO
The Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St., will kick off its new season with “A Year With Frog & Toad” at 8 p.m. Friday. Performances will continue at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 13. Tickets are $24-$26. A character brunch will be held at noon Sunday at Quaker Bonnet Eatery, 175 Allen St. To make reservations, call 884-4400, Ext. 304, or visit www.theatreof youth.org.
SOMETHING TO LEARN
The Industrial Revolution changed how products were made (in factories instead of a home). The Industrial Revolution began in England in the mid-1700s, mainly because England had a wealthy economy that made it possible for businessmen to build factories. England was also home to brilliant scientists, which led to great inventions that helped factories make products.
– Time Big Book of Why