I received a copy of ANDI UNDER THE BIG TOP by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. This is the second installment in the series “Circle C Milestones.” The series is about a little girl, Andrea (known as Andi), growing up on a ranch in California in the 1800s. It is simply, but elegantly written, and contains Christian undertones.
I liked this book even better than book one. In ANDI UNDER THE BIG TOP, a circus comes to town. Andi is enthralled by it, but then she meets a runaway who is abused by the circus, and danger comes to someone she loves. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the danger does have a happy ending perfect for children.
I liked how the story shows the darkness behind circuses. People usually just see the glamour, and don’t realize the horrors of it in its youth. Much of this book reminded me of Dumbo, although it isn’t the story of an elephant taken from its mother.