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Jack and the Fantastical Circus

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Ariel & Michael Tyson
Mary Manning
Reading Level:
Early Readers (5-8)
Reading Level:
Picture & Board Books (0-5)
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Virtue? What’s that? And where can I find it?

On a trip to see his granddad, ten-year-old Jack falls asleep while his dad explains virtue. Suddenly he wakes up on a Circus Train! Led through each fantastical train car by the Ringleader, Reno, Jack comes face to face with a huge lion, flying flame torches, a silly juggler, daring tightrope walker, and other memorable circus performers who have spent years cultivating a particular virtue for their acts! Jack and the Fantastical Circus shows children that virtue is ultimately found inside of each and every one of us, but it takes practice and dedication to grow them for our different walks of life.

Authors Ariel and Michael Tyson explain, "Virtue is something within you, but it's like a muscle. You have to keep practicing it 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 need to grow in their own lives."

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




Ariel and Michael E. Tyson IV 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 550K Instagram followers and 1.8M TikTok followers. Ariel is a social media content creator, college counseling professor, and homeschooling mom. Michael is a graduate of Liberty University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as pastor for 15 years. The role that Ariel and Michael are most proud of, however, is their role as parents to their 7 children.


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. Mary currently lives in Oklahoma with her beloved dog, Cowboy.

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  • 5
    Excellent and creative

    Posted by Jenn Tremain on Sep 14th 2022

    This is a fun, creative book and as a parent gives you that "feel good" feeling afterward reading it knowing it is an entertaining book (even for my 9 year old) as well as teaching a nice lesson.

  • 5
    A Wonderful Story and Lesson For Our Children!

    Posted by Alyssa Gallagher on Sep 14th 2021

    There are very few books these days that speak about the virtues. I have been looking a book that is educational and have great moral lessons without it being dry and dull! This book walks the balance so well, it is fun and wild and engaging yet educational, inspiring and thought-provoking. Highly recommend this for your bookshelf!

  • 5
    An Inspiring & Colorful Story

    Posted by Elizabeth Gonzalez on Sep 14th 2021

    I'm so grateful for receiving an advance copy of Jack and the Fantastical Circus! My daughter and son both LOVED spotting the different kinds of circus performers that they recognized, and that gave us a great opportunity to discuss the virtues that help make the performers successful, and the feats of these performers so impressive. I also appreciated the fact that the characters were multi-ethnic. From memory of the names and faces, at least Western European, Eastern European, African American and Latino characters were all represented in positive, affirming ways for children looking to "see themselves in the story." The Tysons put together a wonderful short story for children to learn that success is earned, not given. And the train - always moving forward - is a great metaphor for the hard work needed to excel at anything. Ms. Manning brought the story to life with the beautifully nostalgic and dreamy style of old-timey circuses and carnivals. A great and wholesome book for any family.

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