The protagonist of this story, Veeru, visits a circus, dreams of having his own one, and then goes on to invite his family to witness his performance the next day. Since the concept of the book lies in the creativity and innovativeness of a child’s imagination, it seemed a little problematic that the adults in the story keep interjecting Veeru’s ideas on his circus acrobatic routines, which he then adjusts. Apart from this quibble, the story itself is likely to engage young readers with its theme and characters.
The illustrations in the book are markedly better than the text. They are endearing, and Reshma Barve’s style of drawing the characters makes them expressive and engaging. Some of the exaggerated perspectives and angles she uses add a certain dynamism to the pictures, which works well for a story that has action and movement. The illustrations are the reason the book is likely to capture the interest of the reader.
Veeru Goes to the Circus is an entertaining story with good pictures that really add character to the text. The story may not have the most novel premise, but at least it is rendered in a fresh way thanks to the buoyant illustrations.
By Mayura K
Author: Richa Ingle Deo
Illustrator: Reshma Barve
Pratham Books, 2015
Subject Category: Contemporary/Fiction/Picture Book