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Bill Jackson’s life has been so eventful that a single volume simply couldn’t contain it all.  Kid Show: My World of Imagination continues the journey which began with his wonderful memoir The Only Kid on the Carnival: An Extraordinary Childhood (2008).  And what a journey it is!


Bill became an award-winning and beloved kid show host and puppeteer, but the road to Cartoon Town, The BJ and Dirty Dragon Show and Gigglesnort Hotel led to revolving-door arenas known as local television stations.  Despite setbacks and disappointments that would have defeated others, Bill persevered and often thrived.  He also received heartwarming support from kindred spirits who appreciated and respected his artistry. 


Bill’s artistic talent extends to the written page, as he deftly uses words to paint vivid mental pictures, conjuring you-are-there images of the people and places that impacted him personally and professionally.  He relates his story with humorous candor and meticulous attention to detail.  And throughout, he celebrates his love of imagination and creativity.


Walt Disney once remarked, “In bad times and good, I have never lost my sense of zest for life.”  Kid Show: My World of Imagination makes it crystal clear that Bill Jackson possesses the same indomitable spirit.