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Children's LiteratureAs she did in Allison's Zinnia and On Market Street, Lobel has taken a familiar picture book concept and given it a fresh, imaginative twist. Under the big top, pairs of animals from adorable alligators to zany zebras are playfully posed while high overhead on the tightrope acrobats bend and twist and contort their bodies into the shapes of the letters. Each animal exemplifies all the characteristics of its modifying adjective and the circus theme is carried out in every detail from the title page and its verso through each animal duo. The watercolor paintings will capture the readers' attention but little fingers will want to turn the page and possibly guess the next animals to appear. Clever, creative, and just plain fun—this title is simple in appearance but exceptional in execution. 2005, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.