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Friday Fiction: Touch of the Clown

Touch of the Clown cover
Touch of the Clown

Submitter: This book is on the shelves at [a public library], recently discovered during inventory. All the staff who looked at it immediately thought “pedophile.” Awful cover art added to the general ugh quality of the book.

Holly:Good for your staff for doing inventory!  Mary and I are big promoters of inventory.  As for this book, the WorldCat description says, “Barbara takes a clown workshop and finds some friends who help her get through problems at home.”  It’s juvenile fiction, and lots of public libraries own copies.  I know a lot of people (Mary included) have clown phobias and think clowns are weird and creepy.  The juggling guy on the cover isn’t even painted up like a clown, though, so he’s not too creepy.  Maybe he needs to go back to clown school, or maybe he hasn’t graduated yet.  He looks like a teenager to me, too, so I don’t know about the pedophile bit…but I do know that the very mention of clowns puts people like Mary into a cold sweat.  I also think that the artwork is very 80s.  (Submitter said 2001, but WorldCat shows 1999 for this title.)  The cover is not really selling the story that WorldCat describes, but other than that it’s not so bad.  Do weed if it has become a shelf-sitter, though.