Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of the Midwest Book Review:

T-Bone's Traveling Circus

T-Bone’s Traveling Circus

Janice Viraht

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478729105


Defeat bullying with love, laughter, and acceptance! In this imaginative sequel to T-Bone the Flying Horse, meet Rita Bonita the young horse who is constantly the target of teasing and bullying. Her life is transformed in a wonderful way when she meets a girl and her colorful cast of misfit friends. The girl, inspired by her great friend T-Bone, has formed a circus to help the teased love themselves and stand up to bullying! Join Rita Bonita and her new circus friends as they share laughter and spark the imagination in this fantastical rhyming tale about love and acceptance.


I found this to be such a delightful book. First of all I loved how colorful it is. The cover has a drawing effect to it that makes you want to sit down and see what is inside, and you will not be disappointed. We meet Rita Bonita, a poor little horse who is the victim of bullying. One sad baby, but her world is about to be turned around when she meets up with several young and misfit friends, and a circus. With them she is accepted and loved, and her world is turned around.
In this read you and your child will be reminded of the cruelty of bullying. It is a sad fact that this type of behavior goes on day by day. In this read children will see how sad and rejected it can make another, even if it is an animal, and how kindness and acceptance can change the world around for the bullied person. The illustrations are top-notch and the story is simple, yet has deep meaning that is brought front and center. This book addresses a serious problem by showing those under attack they are not alone, are not below others, and can find friendship and love. Well done, great read.

reviewed by Shirley Johnson ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Rita Bonita is a horse that was teased and ridiculed for being different when she was growing up. They laughed at her ears, color and size, telling her that she was not a real horse. Then one day a wagon came slowly up the road and the cover said “T-Bone’s Traveling Circus.”
In the wagon there were many animals that could be considered misfits for they were unable to do what their kind was supposed to do or be. A lion that could not roar, a fairy with only one wing and a dragon that could not breathe fire were only some of the creatures in the circus.
From them, Rita Bonita learned that there are many creatures that are different and that is what makes them special and that her difference makes her special as well. When she marched with all the animals of the circus, for the first time in her life Rita Bonita walked tall and proud.
Being different in size, shape or appearance can be hard when you are young, especially when you are made fun of. Virant uses this theme to create a book that will impart the lesson that teasing about such matters is hurtful and it may turn out that the person you are teasing may be better than you at some things. That is an important lesson that needs to be given and reinforced until internalized.
The text is presented as a series of simple four-line segments where the even numbered lines rhyme and the text is embedded in an image that is very colorful. That coloration is not bright yet is distinctive and attractive enough to catch the eye of the child.

Amazon Hall-of-Fame Reviewer Charles Ashbacher

T-Bone’s Traveling Circus is an adorable kids storybook about a group of misfits who are ‘different’ Whether it’s furry snakes or floppy-winged fairies, each of the characters have something about them that is different, and outright silly. My little girl loves T-Bone’s Traveling Circus and the colorful illustrations in the book.

As a parent I like the fact that it teaches children that it’s okay to be different. Whether it’s a disability, a weight, height or another characteristic that makes them different, this books helps kids realize it’s okay to be different.

Amazon Reviewer So Simply Stephanie

Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space every Saturday!

Self Publishing Advisor


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