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Billy Joins the Circus

An uplifting story with the message that dreams can come true!

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This story was written with Storytime in mind. I wanted to create a story with a catchy, easy to follow song where children could move, dance, and sing along. The story is about a monkey who wants to join a circus and has to prove his talent before he is allowed to join.

In the song, Billy sings about all the things he can do in an attempt to impress the Ringmaster. This song has an incredible way of making you smile and want to join in singing 😀 All of our actors performed Billy's song which was great fun to record.

The lead character is performed by Sadie Kay who not only did a great job with Billy's voice but sang the song with perfect theatrical energy which really brought the character to life. Book Details

Character voices:

  • Sadie Kay - Billy the monkey
  • Adie Hardy - the Ringmaster
  • Emma Anton - Polly the circus flying dolly
Sadie Kay recording Billy the monkey in audiobook Billy Joins the Circus by Music Audio Stories
Sadie Kay recording Billy the monkey in audiobook Billy Joins the Circus by Music Audio Stories
Sadie Kay recording Billy the monkey in audiobook Billy Joins the Circus by Music Audio Stories

Sadie recording the voice of Billy the monkey.

Emma Anton recording Polly the circus flying dolly in audiobook Billy Joins the Circus by Music Audio Stories
Emma Anton recording Polly the circus flying dolly in audiobook Billy Joins the Circus by Music Audio Stories
Adie Hardy recording The Ringmaster in audiobook Billy Joins the Circus by Music Audio Stories

Emma and Adie recording Billy's song.

Fun in The Studio

Adie and Anna-Christina from Music Audio Stories writing Billy's song in the studio

Although Adie and I take our roles as storytellers seriously, we do have an enormous amount of fun making our audiobooks! Creating the characters' voices is always an exciting process and we love adding Sound Effects too! Sometimes, this part of the creation process can take longer than one would imagine!

We invent many of our Sound Effects from scratch and we always make sure we use original sounds. We use panning and other volume tricks to create as much movement and depth in the stories as possible. Sometimes we get so carried away with all the fun we're having, we end up singing and dancing along to the story! It's lucky there isn't a hidden camera in the studio because I'm sure people would think we are both a little crazy!

Billy Joins the Circus Storytime props

Storytime with Anna-Christina

This audiobook has been very popular in my Storytime. I brought little coloured wristbands for the children to put on to help them feel as though they are in the circus during my drama section. I also print out templates to help me teach the children about the Big Top. They really love this! The templates give them a chance to practice their colouring-in as well as their drawing skills.

Feedback

The feedback I have received on this audiobook has been brilliant! It has been extremely popular at nurseries and libraries. Children love to sing along and do all the moves in Billy's song! Dawn Heslin from Bound4Escape has reviewed several of my audio stories and claims this one is her favourite! This story was also awarded a 5 Star Rating by Priscilla and her Books.

Whenever I do this story in my Storytime, it's a bit of a workout! Definitely not one to listen to before bedtime! 😆

💚 Anna-Christina

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