Books by Cirque du Soleil

PARADE OF COLORS by Patrisha Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

It would be easy to dismiss this as an ad for the darkly whimsical Cirque du Soleil, but it works quite splendidly as a child's garden of color. Robertson takes photographs from three of the circus's performances (Quidam, Dralion, and Varekai) and creates a vibrant rhymed text. Color is her theme: each page has the title of the act pictured, and focuses on a key hue. "They're angels! / Good heavens! / I say, bless their noses! / They're rich, ruby RED / like the fanciest roses!" While there are an awful lot of exclamation points, and some of the vocabulary is a little advanced (Le Dandy, in ORANGE, is upright as "a Roman frieze"), Robertson even does a little color blending, as when Dreamer & Ringmaster, in BLUE and YELLOW, sit on a cape of GREEN. Sophisticated and nicely composed. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >