K-Gr 3 ``This is my trunk. It is my closet, my workshop, my dresser, and my office.'' So begins Harris' first-hand account of life as a circus clown. Using the device of his traveling trunk, he takes young readers on a backstage tour of the world of clowning, from costumes and props to warmups and comedy routines. The text is simple and concise, and while at times it lacks clarity because of its somewhat disjointed order of events, it does serve as a general introduction to this popular art form. Welliver's cartoon illustrations, with their bright splashes of color and animated style, add a touch of whimsy. They are particularly effective when showing the step-by-step process of clown makeup application. While not as thorough as Meyer's How to Be a Clown (McKay, 1972; o.p.), Harris' effort serves as a good complement to Sobol's Clowns (Coward, 1982). A useful title for a workshop on clowning or a unit on the ever-popular world of the cir- cus. Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Learning Connection, Providence, R.I.