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The Circus Shipby Chris Van Dusen
Synopses & Reviews
With stunning artwork and a rhyming text, the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books tells a tale of human-animal connection full of humor and heart.
When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community — and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages.
With stunning artwork, the illustrator of Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson books tells a tale of human-animal connection, with buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early 19th century. Full color.
For anyone with a beloved pet, this delightful and heartwarming story set at the circus shows that quiet qualities like friendship, kindness, and loyalty are important and worthy.
Jane is an ordinary dog in an extraordinary circus. She isn't strong, graceful, or brave like her family. When she tries to be those things, Jane just doesn't feel like herself, but she also doesn't feel special. Is she really meant for this kind of life? Her Ringmaster thinks so, but not for the reasons Jane believes.
Ordinary can be extraordinary!
Someone's coming to play with you.
Can you guess who?
In this wonderful read-aloud
for very young children,
Gramma comes to visit
and brings a surprise . . . or two
. . . or three.
And a lot of the fun is guessing
which surprise is next!
Part thoughtful play,
part playful imagination,
this tongue tickling tale
of funny animals and loving family
will entertain and involve children
with each turn of the page!
About the Author
Chris Van Dusen is the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He wrote and illustrated IF I BUILT A CAR, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award Winner. He lives in Maine.
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