Author(s): Jonathan Harlen
A funny, action-packed, over-the-top junior novel about an extraordinary boy performer called Marvin Gumbo, his best friend Rajah the elephant, and their battle to save the family circus from ruin at the hands of Dancing Dan, megalomaniac lion-tamer. Enter Marvin Gumbo, the only kid in the world who can kiss his own bottom. Meet Chubby Cupcakes, the Fat Lady with her own personal forklift Rajah, the elephant who reports on his own funeral the Great Zambini, glow-in-the-dark strongman and Dancing Dan, lion-tamer extraordinaire. Get into the ring with Marvin, and his best friend Rajah, as they fight an evil ghost with a plan to destroy the Gumbo Circus Royale for ever. Be warned! This book is rated M for Madness, Murder and Mayhem. Open it at your peril!!!
'I rate this book 10 out of 10 because it is an interesting book and has lots of funny bits in it'Cynthia, aged 11, Bribie Island, Qld, Reactstory with more action than the Moscow Circus a lively and humorous read for anyone aged 8 to 12. Be warned, there are some gory bits involving a lion.'Courier MailAbsolute total nonsense expect lots of laughs, as it is sure to appeal to the twisted sense of humour that holds sway among Years 4-8, especially among boys.' Reading Time
Jonathan Harlen was born in New Zealand but now lives in coastal New South Wales, near Byron Bay, with his wife and three young children. He runs a small farm, where he grows coffee beans and cabinet timbers. He has published many books in various genres and for various age groups. They include the much-acclaimed young adult novel, The Lion and the Lamb, Fireflies (also for young adults), and Drop Dead, Mad Dog Fred, The Cockroach War, Brain Scam and Circus Berzerkus (for younger readers).