Jack and the Fantastical Circus

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Publication Date: November 23, 2021

Author/Illustrator: Ariel and Michael Tyson / Mary Manning

Imprint: Good & True Media

ISBN:  9781737079668

In this dreamscape picture book, Jack and the Fantastical Circus centers around a young boy named Jack who finds himself on a Circus Train. As he makes his way through the train cars, he is introduced to new circus performers. Each performer shares with Jack their own lesson in virtue. Thus, showing children that virtue takes practice and dedication to grow.

Co-author Ariel explains, “Discovering virtue is so worth it and can be guided by mentors in our lives.” Author Michael shares, “It’s like a muscle. You have to keep practicing to help it grow strong. We want to teach kids this by showing them the distinct characters of the book and how they relate to areas where they may want to grow in their own lives.”

Jack and the Fantastical Circus will encourage children to explore their imaginations, learn critical lessons, and strive to grow in virtue. It will also hopefully inspire meaningful conversations between parents and children to discuss the importance of virtue.

About Ariel and MichaelTyson 

Ariel and Michael Tyson have been married for 13 years. United by a shared passion for helping others, they have been serving their community since 2005. Along this journey, they have gained over 600,000 followers on their Instagram page @arielctyson, and 1 million followers on their TikTok @arielctyson and have a YouTube channel named The Tysons. Ariel has a B.S. degree from Liberty University with an M.A. degree from there as well. She is a social media content creator, college counseling professor, and homeschooler. Michael is a graduate of Liberty University, and has attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor and entrepreneur for 15 years. The role that Ariel and Michael are the most proud of; however, is their role as parents to their 7 children, who they are passionate about raising to be confident world changers! Michael and Ariel enjoy writing, exploring the outdoors with their family, and spending time in the gym. They currently live in Tennessee with their growing family. Jack and the Fantastical Circus is their first children’s book. 

About Illustrator

Mary Manning is an illustrator with over 16 years of experience. She has a knack for bringing the imaginary world to life and a particular interest and talent in character development. Her talents have led her to work on many children’s books throughout her career as an illustrator, including Jack and the Fantastical Circus. Mary currently lives in Oklahoma with her beloved dog, Cowboy.

My Review

If you are looking for top-quality books that teach good character traits, you’ll love Jack and the Fantastical Circus! Jack and his dad are taking a train trip to visit his grandfather. His father mentioned that the grandfather always tells stories that teach virtues, but Jack isn’t so sure he understands. As he rides on the train he falls asleep and begins to dream. He dreams that he finds himself on the circus train. Reno, the circus master takes him on a tour of the various members of the circus and how their virtues enable them to be great at what they do. Parents will love reading this beautifully illustrated and positive book to their children.

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