When young Little Morris McGurk goes to the circus, he sees things not as they are, but what he could transform them into. As with any great book, If I Ran the Circus uses imagination and tons of fun to show how things could be when a child gets to take over, and how often what they believe to be something simple to change isn’t quite as simple as they thought it was.
The story of If I Ran the Circus is all about Morris McGurk, who decides that he could transform the vacant lot behind Sneelock’s Store into something spectacular. He would bring in marvelous sights, including a fluff-muffled Truffle, a trapeze troupe, a lemonade dispenser, and much more. He, and the amazing Dr. Seuss, king of childrens books, brings to live the way a circus could be in the vacant lot, but also teaches children quite a bit of a lesson as well.
For Morris McGurk learns a lesson, all right, about how many bad things can happen when you run a circus! And poor old Sneelock becomes the source of many a catastrophe, as does Morris McGurk himself. This wonderful story is all about how imagination can take you anywhere you want to go, and while If I Ran the Circus isn’t regarded by everyone as Dr. Seuss’s best work, it is much loved and constantly re-read by children of all ages, from those who are very young, to those who have children of their own!