CIRCUS GIRL by Clare Pernice


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Age Range: 6 - 8
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A child transforms her bedroom into the big top.

The book opens with a couple of introductory views of an ordinary room featuring a bed, “a leotard / socks / and a girl.” Following this, a whirl of sheets opens the show. Changing in tandem, the narrative’s initial, hair-fine typeface turns to big, florid circus-poster type as the performance begins. Illustrations drawn in simple outlines of orange crayon burgeon into colorful scenes of awe-inspiring leaps, swoops and circus acrobatics on a trapeze or atop an elephant, a lion and other stuffed animals that have become real. Having thoroughly demonstrated that she’s “daring and /dazzling / and Oh! so / dramatic,” the young performer finally snuggles down for the night, secure in the knowledge that she is “star / of the show.” Thinly applied colors and broad areas of white space give Pernice’s pictures and the imaginary playscape they depict a diaphanous look that may seem washed-out to some viewers—and, to others, appropriately dreamlike.

A flight of fancy, verbally and visually spare, that any would-be “star” will gladly take. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-927018-36-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simply Read
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2014


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