Sad-Face Clown: Emmett Kelly was written by J. L. Wilkerson and is a biography of Emmett Kelly intended for children. Emmett Kelly is the creator and performer of one of the most famous clown character ever: Weary Willie. The book starts with his early childhood and goes all the way up until his death.
The most detailed parts of the book are the chapters about his childhood and the chapter about the Hartford, Connecticut circus fire. I found the chapters about his childhood to be very interesting and entertaining; I think those chapters would help a child reading this book to relate to Emmett Kelly. The chapter about the circus fire was, as I said, very detailed, but strayed from talking about Emmett Kelly to focus on the fire, which I think is a flaw. I also found the chapter about the circus fire to be scary and think it would probably be even scarier for a child.
This book also covered some other sensitive subjects, like Emmett Kelly’s divorce from his first wife and his acting in a movie as a murder. So, while I found this book to be entertaining, I would only recommend Sad-Face Clown: Emmett Kelly for older children who are mature enough to understand the more mature themes in it.