My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bradbury creeps us out by showing us a carnival through the eyes of two young boys. The month is October, and the carnival arrives in the dead of night. Everything about this story is meant to make one ill at ease, but at first we don’t know they boys minds are just playing tricks on them. The author gradually reveals the carnival is pure evil.
The boys, best friends, end up in over their heads, and being pursued by the carnies. Believing his son’s fanciful tales of time-bending carousels and a hall of mirrors that distorts more than light, a father plays a key role in the battle to restore normality to their town.
The strength of this book is Bradbury’s use of language. The book exudes creepiness, and in doing so captures just the right tone.
The weakness is its ending (which I will not get into to avoid spoilers.) It falls a little flat, particularly given the great build up.