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Delrita likes being invisible. If no one notices her, then no one willnotice her uncle Punky either. Punky is a grown man with a child's mind. Delrita loves him dearly and can't stand people making fun of his Down Syndrome. But when tragedy strikes, Delrita's quiet life and Punky's are disrupted forever. Can she finally learn to trust others, for her own sake and Punky's?Delrita likes being invisible. If no one notices her, then no one willnotice her uncle Punky either. Punky is a grown man with a child's mind. Delrita loves him dearly and can't stand people making fun of his Down Syndrome. But when tragedy strikes, Delrita's quiet life— and Punky's— are disrupted forever. Can she finally learn to trust others, for her own sake and Punky's? This story captures the joy and sorrow that come when we open our hearts to love. Author Biography: June Rae Wood lives near Windsor, Missouri....

Title : The Man Who Loved Clowns
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ISBN : 9780142404225
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Man Who Loved Clowns Reviews

  • Krissy
    2018-11-15 11:58

    This book was so sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. I couldn't help but fall in love with Punky. Ugh. My heart hurts right now but I still loved this book.

  • JoDee
    2018-10-25 14:03

    Best book, EVER!!!

  • Nate
    2018-11-08 10:22

    Ok well, this one took me some time before I got up enough guts to read. I am into fantasy and sci-fi books; I do not love clowns, but I don’t hate them either. The book cover’s McDonald’s color scheme didn’t really grab my attention either. However, I thought I should give it a try, remember what they say, “You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.” WOW, this was a very emotional, humbling, and uplifting book. I am NOT an overly emotional person, but my eyes did get a wee bit moist now and then – I think it was because I was eating some chips and super hot salsa at the time. Nevertheless, this book opened my eyes to those families who have to live and deal with disabilities. It reminded me that people with any type of disability are truly amazing people and deserve to be treated with love and respect. They should never be taken for granted.

  • Marcie
    2018-10-29 07:10

    This book has a very special place in my heart. We read it aloud in my 6th grade English class and when we got to the final chapters, I think the majority of us were sobbing. It's the first book that made me realize how powerful stories can be.I've read it every year since then and while some people say that the writing style is very simplistic, I think that it is very powerful and captures a confused pre-teen beautifully. I absolutely fell in love with Punky and when I pick the book up again, it feels like I'm being reunited with an old friend! I can't wait to share this story with my children. What a beautiful message!

  • Megan Anderson
    2018-10-25 08:58

    A book for young adults; designed to turn on the water works.I read this in the first grade because it was that year’s William Allen White Award in Kansas (we live on the Missouri side of Kansas City now, but Jake & I both grew up on the Kansas side of Kansas City). I’m a life long nerd and I always made a point to read the award-winning books as a kid. When I found this while thrifting, I had to get it for the ever-building young-adult section of our home library. I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I did as a kid; the writing style isn’t very sophisticated. But the story is heartfelt and teaches a lesson on tolerance.

  • Sarah Wolters
    2018-10-31 11:01

    This book is one of my absolute favourites. It's both heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. Delrita's character is very shy and quiet, and with me being the same way, she was very easy to relate to. Wood writes about Delrita's relationship with her Uncle Punky, who has Down's Syndrome, and how Delrita deals with the troubles that she has with the kids at school in a realistic and interesting way, which makes the book a worthwhile read. It is a relatively short book, but the story it contains is a long and heavy one. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone, as well as reading the sequel, Turtle on a Fence Post.

  • Marieke vanErven
    2018-11-07 12:24

    This was an amazing book. June Rae Wood did an incredible job bringing emotion into this book, it was hard for me to put down. I laughed with this book, cried with this book, and it brought a smile to my face. It is a great way to show that even though many of us are different, we are all the same, we are all human beings, and being different is what makes us unique. This book had amazing detail, and I thought that there was a great amount of thought put into this book, the hard work truly comes through in the text. I would definitely recommend this book to others, I already have, and I think that many will enjoy this book.

  • Eden Meyer
    2018-11-09 05:57

    I read this book back in elementary school, and it was my first "real" book. I love it because I live very close to where the story actually takes place. I felt bad for Delrita at times and I wanted to sympathize with her frequently throughout the book. I found myself disliking Aunt Queenie more than once, but near the end of the book a new side came out and it just added a sense of happiness to the book.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-28 08:16

    This is one of the greatest stories ever written! June Rae Wood came to visit our middle school (about 20 years ago) to talk with us and I will never forget this book. I have it on my self ready for my daughter to read when she is old enough. If the right child reads it, it can change your whole outlook on life.

  • Leah
    2018-11-13 13:06

    I read this book for the first time back in 7th grade and I still remember most of this book. Punky is a man with down syndrome. It sends a message of how it is to grow up with someone who has special needs. I grew up with an aunt who was mentally challenged, and it was very relatable. Good read for people of whatever age, in my personal opinion.

  • Seno
    2018-10-25 13:57

    MAN THIS BOOK IS A MASTERPIECE!! The Man Who Loved Clowns is one of the greatest books I have ever read in my entire life! A heartwarming story and very emotional. You will cry, you will laugh and at the end, you will have mixed feelings. If you are looking a tearjerker book, this one is a must-read!!

  • Kaitlyn
    2018-11-22 07:01

    This wonderful novel was well written, and the characters are so lovable and imaginative! Life lessons about honesty, friendship, and undying love are expressed in this delightful story. A touching novel such as this one is always on a bookshelf I can reach.

  • Claire Davis
    2018-11-18 12:03

    Thought provoking story that is both heart wrenching and heart warming. I fell in love with Delrita and Punky! Tear jerker...

  • Jenna
    2018-11-11 10:02

    This book was so good! Literally my favorite book ever right now! It made me cry so much!

  • Thomas Hynes
    2018-11-06 11:08

    Awsome!!!!!!! :) :)

  • Mark
    2018-11-04 12:14

    I never thought I another book would have an emotional affect on me since "The Fault in Our Stars (John Greene)," but this one did. Especially, the last three chapters. The book, itself, reminded me of a neighbor (his name was Chris Lucie) I had as a child. He, too, had Down's Syndrome and he considered me his best friend. My cousin's oldest child (Julian Rodriguez) also has Down's Syndrome and he participated in the Special Olympics. This is a very good book for anyone who has a family member or friend (or neighbor) with Down's Syndrome.

  • Allie Loneman
    2018-11-07 13:56

    One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES! I think this book should be mandatory in schools to teach kids about people who are different and that being different is not a bad thing.

  • Steve Hazell
    2018-11-14 14:17

    Just read this again for nostalgic reasons. I remember it moved me when I was in sixth grade. It did again. A great read.

  • Amanda Williams
    2018-11-03 06:12

    OMG this book killed me slowly and thoroughly...

  • Malinda Lane
    2018-11-02 10:03

    A lot of lessons can be learned from Punky and in the end Delrita did just that. Fly high Punky!

  • Savannah
    2018-11-12 12:17

    The end had me sobbing. The book served as a reminder to love hard and long, because death is abrupt. My brother has down syndrome, and I had no idea how impacted I would be by reading this. Thank you, Mrs. Wood. 5/5 stars

  • Andrea Avila
    2018-11-14 13:02

    ***Spoiler alert*** Can you imagine an isolated elementary school girl feel so much void and pain at such a young age. Not inviting friends over because of that one time one of her friends came over and saw her uncle Punky, a 30 year old man with down syndrome. Now she feels she has to hide him from the world to prevent someone bullying punky. The genre is realistic fiction.Delrita and Punky’s story begins with arriving in a small town in missouri, she is the isolated girl she's always been until a new girl tries to friend her, Avanelle Shackleford. Later finds out her father is in jail by Avanelle’s younger sister. After a few weeks she's going on a trip to visit Silver Dollar City. While Punky and Delrita are looking around Punky got caught “exchanging” by the boss of the wood carving store. Later on after planning to meet with her parents at a certain time they never came to meet Punky and Delrita at the destination they decided to meet at. They go back into the wood carving store they tell the boss what had happened just a few hours later, she finds out her parents had passed away in a car crash. Punky’s older brother, bert, had found out he decided to take them to their home. Delrita had already hated the way her aunt Queenie was about criticizing Punky, now imagine living under the same roof as her. Later her uncle Bert decides for Punky to get a job, now Delrita won't allow that due to the fact that he has a bad heart. Later she sees the workplace for herself and sees that it's a good environment for Punky. Time passes and he makes new friends and Delrita learns to not hide punky from the world, because it's all okay. Weeks pass by and Punky’s heart is failing at him at work, even with the prescription pills. He spends his final days at home. His final days are close to Christmas, his family feared that he wouldn't even get the chance to reach Christmas so they celebrate it earlier. Punky’s final moment was waking up after a long day of sleeping and points to the dark corner of the living room saying “Sam and Shirley are back!” and passes away. The conflict in person vs world because delrita has to deal with everything that's going on. Like he ruined friendship, people making fun of punky, tree not going to prom with her, her parents passing away, living with her aunt queenie and uncle Bert and now punky passing away as well. The theme is realistic fiction.The title relates to the book because punky is a little man who loves clowns, delrita would always used to carve clowns for punky made out of wood. In addition punky would always be surrounded by them.There were two different occasions that changed delrita mentally and emotionally and they were when she found out that her aunt queenie wasn't all that bad as she made her same making have a different perspective of her and of course the passing of her family.I would rate this book 5 stars because the word choice the author had chosen would make you believe you are living in this book along with the other characters. This book also moved me in 2 different occasions which were when Delrita had gotten the news that her parents had died and Punky’s final moment before he had passed away as well. Id recommend this book to mr. bruton because i think he'd like this book

  • Jennifer Delarosa
    2018-10-28 06:03

    Read this with Max and cried and cried

  • Taylor Laird
    2018-10-24 09:18

    The Man Who Loved Clowns was a book that I read when was I lived in Missouri. June Rae Wood is an author who was born and raised in Missouri and my school, at that time, put together a field trip for us to listen to one of her seminars, and for us to meet her in person. My teacher had all of us read this book together, and those who enjoyed the book could go on the field trip. The Man Who Loves Clowns is a novel that elaborates how close your family truly is, even if it means that you get made fun off. Delrita is a young girl who parents died in a car accident and goes to live with her aunt and uncle, her uncle having down syndrome. Even though Delrita has very few friends, she knows that she would rather have it that way than to have a bunch of fake friends who make fun her uncle. Delrita loves her uncle, even though he has a younger mind-set than she does. When her uncle, Punky, gets really sick, Delrita soon realizes how close she is with him. He gets sick to the point that he is in the hospital and only has a matter of days, or weeks to live. The family takes Punky home where he belongs, and goes about their holidays. On Christmas they all participate full willingly, knowing that it will be Punky's last. Everyone is down, except Punky. The night of Christmas Punky passes away. This book is a good read, although an emotional one... I cried. It reminds of us of what really matters in life, no matter how messed our family is. Delrita would have rather hung out with her mentally disabled uncle than anyone her own age. This could be incorporated in the classroom, to teach the kids that everyone is different and everyone has a different lifestyle, and the bottom line is to not judge. This book is an easy read, and we could all read this as a class. For every book that we read, it is to convey a message or a lesson.

  • Jackie
    2018-11-17 05:58

    Delrita lives with her parents and Uncle Punky who has Down Syndrome. While she loves her uncle unconditionally, she is also, at times, embarrassed and ashamed of him, especially when everyone stares at his goofy actions and untimely and somewhat rude comments. Her mother coddles Punky and allows him to act out and do as he pleases. Delrita has learned to become invisible at school, church, and in town. When a new family moves into town, she realizes that she is not the only one with family issues and starts to open up to a friendship.Everything comes crashing down when her parents are killed in a freaky automobile accident, and both Punky and Delrita go to live with her Uncle Bert and Aunt Queenie. Aunt Queenie is opinionated, and always has been, with regards to Punky's care and lifestyle. She insists that he go to a facility where his needs are addressed and he is taught to become a member of society, but most importantly, to make friends. Little by little, Delrita opens up to this new idea and Punky flourishes. Yet, in the meantime, Delrita sinks farther and farther into loneliness, as she finds a way to alienate those new friends who want to reach out to her. Then, tragedy strikes once again, as Punky succumbs to the frailty of his weak heart and Delrita is lost. Where will she find strength to carry on? The Man Who Loved Clowns is quite a commentary of those with mental disabilities and how a community responds to them. Somewhat dated and certainly today's kids will have a difficult time understanding how disabilities where viewed as little as 20 years ago, it nonetheless provides some food for thought and could open up a discussion about empathy, compassion, and friendship.

  • Bryce Frizell
    2018-11-09 09:07

    This book is one of the few things that might actually be able to make me choke. The fact that someone with downs syndrome was so misunderstood to begin with was disturbing but when the plot thickens and the parents of the little girl and her challenged brother die, was nearly unbearable. the fact that the man had no idea about what to think of his current situation was a great touch and making the family have to work together to try to get by was extremely touching. At first when the family sent the man off to a work place i thought it was to just get him out of the house, and i began to actually hate the people in the book, i thought taht the famiy had deserved way better than the people they had to live with, but as the story went on i realized that the family was actually doing what they thought would be best for him, and that they were trying to learn to not only be able to love him but learn how to deal with his disability. In the end i did end up getting very upset when the man died, i tho0ught the least they could have done was make his death peaceful when the book first mentioned that he was dying, it turned out though the family had planned for him to see santa and die not only peacfully but happily too.

  • Tahira Hamilton
    2018-11-14 14:00

    This is a book about a little girl who lives with her parents and her uncle who has Down syndrome. This book tells a tale of what it is like to grow up with someone who has special needs. The book gets its title because the uncle with Down syndrome does love clowns and the girl in this story carves clowns out of wood for her uncle to keep in his special box. This book could be used as an art lesson to discuss both the historical and art history of wood carving. Students could do research into how furniture use to be made when America was first a country and could even try some wood carving if under close supervision. This is also a great book to show students things from some one else perspective. Students could identify friends or family members they know that have a different quality than most people and could write a poem or report about this person. If a student absolutely cannot think if someone to write about, though I would work with the student to try hard to think of someone they know, then I would let the student do research on someone like Helen Keller.

  • Susan Love
    2018-11-08 06:10

    I decided to read this children's novel after seeing the emotional response it elicited from my professor and fellow classmate. This book teaches so many wonderful life lessons to readers of all ages and it has triggered a lot of personal reflection on my part in regards to how I live my life. The novel promotes the importance of not being afraid to step out of your comfort zone and live the life you want to lead. Do not worry too much about what others think because you are likely looking too deeply into their perceptions and being too critical of yourself. This book also reminds us all that life is far too short and it is so important to build healthy relationships and make the most of all of life's blessings, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. This children's novel instantly became one of my all-time favorites and I believe everyone can draw something meaningful out of the story that is relatable to their own life.

  • Jim Puskas
    2018-11-19 11:08

    Being presented in the voice of a thirteen year old girl, this might be thought of as a YA book but it's sure to appeal to a much broader audience. It's a simple enough story and yet it conveys a whole range of messages -- about empathy, forgiveness, self-awareness, growing up, letting go; and above all, the immutable value of an individual.Central to the story is the intriguing counterpoint between the two main characters, each in a way being the obverse of the other: Delrita, trying to be a woman in a child's body while single-mindedly attempting to shelter her handicapped uncle; and sweet-natured, ingenuous Punky, an eternal child in a man's body. Add to this Aunt Queenie, obsessively organizing her household and everyone around her; there's a lot more to her character than is at first apparent.

  • Meghan Budd
    2018-11-19 13:00

    While subbing fifth grade last week we had reading groups for this book. Since the class was just starting it, I thought it was a good idea to at least read the first few chapters in order to lead a discussion. Well I was hooked! An amazing book with such detail, a beautiful heartfelt, sad, emotional, touching read!!!! I highly recommend this book to everyone! I'm going to have my fourth grader read it now!