Son of Happy

Son of Happy

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The boy in this story never wants to go to his friends' birthday parties, because Happy the Clown is always there. And Happy is ... his dad.

He wishes his dad had a regular job, like all the other kids' parents. He didn't mind his dad being a clown when he was a little kid, but now it's just embarrassing. And even worse, since business is slow, his dad is putting a sign on the front lawn advertising his clown services

But one night at dinner Dad announces that he's going back to his old job of being a lawyer. "You were a lawyer?" the boy asks, incredulous.

Now his dad wears a suit and tie to work, the family can buy a new car, his mom can take piano lessons, and he can have a skateboard and cellphone.

But something feels different. The boy wonders if his dad misses being a clown. Or is he the one who misses Happy?

With bittersweet humor, Cary Fagan brings us a story about a boy's growing consciousness and a father's realization that he can be himself.



Author: Cary Fagan
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Published: 08/04/2020
Pages: 44
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.60h x 7.40w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781773061788
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2020