Joan Hughes

The Upside-Down Clown by Joan Hughes

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Jason thought the shiny new bicycle that his mom and dad gave him for his seventh birthday was the greatest present he ever received. Then when Jason took an unexpected tumble from his bike, it brought kindly neighbor Gerald Taylor to his aid and began a friendship that turned out to be an even greater gift. One day, as the two were reading together, Gerald showed Jason a book that could bring happiness to those who were sad. Gerald had a name for those sad people: upside-down clowns. He explained that this very special book had the power to turn upside-down clowns rightside up again. The book tells the story of Jesus, who brings joy to even the most joyless of people. Those who accept Jesus into their hearts will find comfort in the words expressed in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


This wonderful story begins with a true rite of childhood, learning to ride a bike. But Joan Hughes' text and Rebecca Gavney Driscoll's illustrations beautifully relate a much more important lesson, as young Jason s new friend and mentor introduces him to the Bible and helps him invite Jesus into his life. --Marshall Cook, writer, teacher, editor of Extra Innings

A wonderfully simple presentation of the importance of God's Word in life. God created new life in Jason by His spoken Word coming from Gerald. --Dr. Mark and Judy Bishop, author of The Gift of Life, Love and Healing

About the Author

Joan Hughes is a native of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Where she also raised her two sons and three step-children. She currently resides in Monroe, Wisconsin with her husband Don and dog Sadie. She is very involved in her church in Darlington, Wisconsin (Lafayette County Christian Center). This is her second book.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Creek Press. A Division of Kristin Mitchell Design, Inc.; First edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942586043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942586043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds