Clarence’s Big Secret by Roy MacGregor

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Clarence’s Big Secret was a great children’s non-fiction book written in a way that felt like a story to a child. It was easy for my daughter to understand and she enjoyed the book.

How I Felt:

I loved the way the book started with Clarence as a young boy and progressed through his life. It didn’t move so fast that you felt like parts of his life were skipped, and it wasn’t so slow that if felt like the story dragged. The end of the book wraps up with the triumphant reading of a book to children by Clarence, and it was so nice to see that while, it took him many years, he put effort into something that he wanted and he learned to read.

To Read or Not to Read:

This is a great book to provoke a literacy discussion with a child. It’s perfect for elementary school children. I would recommend it for any home, school, or library!

Where to Find This Book:

Clarence’s Big Secret by Roy MacGregor publishes on March 15, 2020 and is available at these sites.

Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes and Noble


Clarence kept a secret for almost his entire life (almost 100 years!). Whenever there was a part of his life that may require him to read, he runs away, which is sad. He has missed so many opportunities. However, he grows up and meets his wife and they have a family. As he grows older, we see how happy he is. Then, his wife passes away, and he doesn’t know what to do. She took care of any writing or reading that was required to run the house. he decides to try to teach himself, and then enlists the help of his daughter.

  • Clarence’s Big Secret by Roy MacGregor
  • Genre: Children’s book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Owlkids
  • Pub Date: March 15, 2020

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

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