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Tree Ring Circus

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In a quiet little lea, several miles out of town, a tree grows. It becomes home to sparrows, chipmunks, a whopping big bee . . . a runaway clown? Two poodles? An ape? Wait a minute. . . .

In his quirky but realistic style, Rex creates the greatest show on earth--or at least, in a tree. The surprising text is part word game, part counting game, and part mystery. The illustrations are pure, beautiful mayhem, loaded with boisterous energy and cunning little critters that readers will love to chase through the pages.

Review:

"Marvelous hand-lettering and meticulous oil paintings hearken to 19th-century Barnum ads — or 1960s counterculture poster art — in Rex's offbeat (The Dirty Cowboy) tale. The punny 'tree-ring' circus of the title is not a big top, however, but a 'fast-growing,' nearly leafless tree and its unlikely inhabitants: 'A chicken./ Two blue jays, three squirrels, a clown,/ a cat who climbed up but can't find her way down,/ three chipmunks, two sparrows,/ a whopping big bee,/ five mice and a raven/ all live in the tree.' When 12 more animals (two tigers, one ostrich, etc.) escape from a traveling circus and perch on the thick, twisty branches, the tree is full, and ambitious readers can count the participants as listed in the cumulative text. At this moment, the 13th escapee — an elephant — appears, and the caption reads simply, 'Drumroll, please,' as the pachyderm makes its ascent. When the boughs break, the occupants tumble to the grass below 'and flee from the lea/ where the tree used to be.' Dr. Seuss fans, primed by the rhyme, may recall Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, who allowed a whole menagerie to reside in his antlers. Rex creates an absurd counting scenario, but there's no explanation for the tree's popularity — the animals aren't talking. Instead of a plot, this book's strengths are its jazzy, oversize display type and the dainty oil renderings of the tree-climbers, who fairly pop off flattened backdrops of pastel yellow, baby blue and pale mint green. Ages 3-7. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Who knew one little seed could sprout such mayhem?

Synopsis:

In his quirky but realistic style, Rex creates the greatest show on earth--or at least, in a tree. The surprising text is part word game, part counting game, and part mystery. Full color.

About the Author

ADAM REX has illustrated several books for children, including The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, which won a Golden Kite award, and the Lucy Rose series by Katy Kelly. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152053635
Author:
Rex, Adam
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Concepts - Counting
Subject:
Concepts - Counting & Numbers
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20060601
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.25 x 8.5 in 0.92 lb
Age Level:
03-07

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Marvelous hand-lettering and meticulous oil paintings hearken to 19th-century Barnum ads — or 1960s counterculture poster art — in Rex's offbeat (The Dirty Cowboy) tale. The punny 'tree-ring' circus of the title is not a big top, however, but a 'fast-growing,' nearly leafless tree and its unlikely inhabitants: 'A chicken./ Two blue jays, three squirrels, a clown,/ a cat who climbed up but can't find her way down,/ three chipmunks, two sparrows,/ a whopping big bee,/ five mice and a raven/ all live in the tree.' When 12 more animals (two tigers, one ostrich, etc.) escape from a traveling circus and perch on the thick, twisty branches, the tree is full, and ambitious readers can count the participants as listed in the cumulative text. At this moment, the 13th escapee — an elephant — appears, and the caption reads simply, 'Drumroll, please,' as the pachyderm makes its ascent. When the boughs break, the occupants tumble to the grass below 'and flee from the lea/ where the tree used to be.' Dr. Seuss fans, primed by the rhyme, may recall Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, who allowed a whole menagerie to reside in his antlers. Rex creates an absurd counting scenario, but there's no explanation for the tree's popularity — the animals aren't talking. Instead of a plot, this book's strengths are its jazzy, oversize display type and the dainty oil renderings of the tree-climbers, who fairly pop off flattened backdrops of pastel yellow, baby blue and pale mint green. Ages 3-7. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Who knew one little seed could sprout such mayhem?

"Synopsis" by , In his quirky but realistic style, Rex creates the greatest show on earth--or at least, in a tree. The surprising text is part word game, part counting game, and part mystery. Full color.

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