Backyard Circus

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How to stage your very own circus.

Step right up to the most amazing show on earth... yours. Backyard Circus shows kids how to host their own big top performance with a little imagination and a whole lot of fun.

Cheerful instructions and dynamic illustrations take young readers through everything step by step: from gathering talent (do you call every kid on the block or just use stuffed toys?), to creating costumes (baggy pajamas are a hoot -- ...

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Overview

How to stage your very own circus.

Step right up to the most amazing show on earth... yours. Backyard Circus shows kids how to host their own big top performance with a little imagination and a whole lot of fun.

Cheerful instructions and dynamic illustrations take young readers through everything step by step: from gathering talent (do you call every kid on the block or just use stuffed toys?), to creating costumes (baggy pajamas are a hoot -- or how about dad's old neckties?), to organizing acts that astound and entertain. Kids will have a ball discovering there's no biz like showbiz.

Other show-stopping features include:

  • Tips on clowning
  • Simple magic tricks
  • Safe acrobatics
  • Instructions for juggling
  • Circus lingo
  • How to make stilts
  • Creating your own megaphone.

Sprinkled with groaner jokes for clowning around and packed with circus-lore sidebars for enquiring ringmasters, Backyard Circus is any kid's guide to joining the circus without ever running away.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
Readable, enjoyable, practical and informative, Backyard Circus is an excellent classroom resource and reading book... Highly Recommended.
— Barb Taylor
Quill and Quire
A dynamic guide to creating a circus in your backyard... humorous prose... bursting with good ideas.
— Philippa Sheppard
Eastword (Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia)
Cheerful instructions and dynamic illustrations take young readers through everything step by step.
CM Magazine - Barb Taylor
Readable, enjoyable, practical and informative, Backyard Circus is an excellent classroom resource and reading book... Highly Recommended.
Quill and Quire - Philippa Sheppard
A dynamic guide to creating a circus in your backyard. In humorous prose, she teaches kids to clown, juggle, tumble, mime, and stage-manage... The book is bursting with good ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554510115
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Bryant is the award-winning author of several books for children, including Making Shadow Puppets and Amazing Women Athletes. She learned to unicycle while putting on her own backyard circus when she was nine.

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