Tag: clowns

  • The Harlequin and The Circus

    The Harlequin and The Circus

    Why is the triangle/diamond/lozenge shape associated with the circus? For the answer, we need to go back more than 500 years.

  • Cannonball Simp by John Burningham Analysis

    Cannonball Simp by John Burningham Analysis

    Cannonball Simp is a picture book written and illustrated by John Burningham, first published 1966. This is a story from an earlier Golden Age of children’s literature, one in which ending up in a circus is a good outcome, and also, well, words sometimes change. It’s shame that the 2020 meaning of the word ‘simp’ […]

  • Clowns in Art and Storytelling

    Clowns in Art and Storytelling

    Once upon a time clowns were an un-ironic take on the jester archetype. Storytellers could make use of clowns to lighten a mood. Shakespeare did it. Toon. A comic relief character generally intended to be recognized as such — Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are toons (most of Shakespeare’s comic relief characters are toons). Toons have a limited…

  • Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    IT is a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, first adapted for screen in 1990, and most recently in 2017. This blog post is about the storytelling of the 2017 film. THE TERRIBLE MONSTER OF IT I liked what one reviewer had to say about IT: The monster in this film is whatever the story…

  • The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee Analysis

    The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee Analysis

    This month I’m blogging a series aimed at teaching kids how to structure a story. This seven-step structure works for all forms of narrative. It works for picture books, songs, commercials, films and novels. Today I take a close look at The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee to show how universal structure exists…