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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Welcome to Boingville” by Romeo Gittens is a charming and delightful romp through the town of Boingville, where all the clowns live. Little Christina’s birthday party was fun, but it got much more exciting when two clowns, Jingle and Jangle, arrived to add to the festivities. The two clowns did magic tricks, told lots of jokes, and, of course, made balloon animals for the children! The kids even got to have their faces painted by the clowns. But like all good things, the party had to come to an end. Christina’s friends went home, and Jingle and Jangle started packing up all their clown stuff so that they could go home too. Christina thanked them for coming, but was disappointed when they told her she could not come with them to see where they lived; it was against the rules. Would that stop Christina from figuring out a way to go with the clowns?
“Welcome to Boingville” is really a very well-written story for children of all ages to enjoy. The illustrations are very good, adding another dimension to the tale. The clown’s town is a magical place, where everything is vividly colored, cars fly, and streetlamps talk. But Christina couldn’t understand why all the clowns were following her as she walked along with Boing, who had made an exception to the rule and allowed Christina to visit. That is, she couldn’t understand until Boing informed her she was the first visitor ever to come to Boingville! Boing introduced her to the growing crowd of clowns, who all cheered and clapped for her. They were delighted to have their first visitor, and showed her a great time, until it was time for her to go home. Children of all ages will enjoy this book, as much as Christina enjoyed her visit to Boingville. This story is not intended to teach children any skills; instead, it is intended only to entertain, which it does quite well. I strongly recommend adding this book to your child’s library. After all, there’s a limit to how many ABC books a kid needs!