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Circus Opposites: An Interactive Extravaganza!

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In this innovative book from Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald, readers of all ages will enjoy eye-catching cut-paper artwork that conveys the concept of opposites! Suse's simple, striking artwork leads readers into the topsy-turvy world of the circus where opposites such as IN/OUT, BIG/SMALL, PLAIN/FANCY, and many more are explored via pull-tabs, wheels, flaps, and other interactive elements!

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Overview

In this innovative book from Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald, readers of all ages will enjoy eye-catching cut-paper artwork that conveys the concept of opposites! Suse's simple, striking artwork leads readers into the topsy-turvy world of the circus where opposites such as IN/OUT, BIG/SMALL, PLAIN/FANCY, and many more are explored via pull-tabs, wheels, flaps, and other interactive elements!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
MacDonald's crisp trademark paper collages are the main event, as she uses the sights of the circus to explore the concept of opposites. Readers kick things off by pulling a tab to let 11 clowns "out" of a tiny yellow car. They can also literally turn a clown's frown upside down, taking him from sad to happy; help a small mouse scurry out from under a big elephant; and make an empty truck full, when the circus comes to a close. The elaborate costumes and variety of interactive elements should prove kid-pleasing. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This book starts being fun on the front cover with the picture of a blue elephant in a red hat lifting a small brown mouse in a red dress into the air with the tip of its trunk. On the first page, in front of a red circus tent, a clown in an orange suit is selling colorful balloons and a yellow car full of clowns has the word "in" written on the door. Coming out of the back of the car there is a light blue hand just asking to be pulled; and when you do, a whole stream of clowns comes "out" of the car. On another page, there is a yellow tent with a "plain" brown bear riding a bicycle; but when the tent flap is raised, there is a "fancy" bear underneath riding his bicycle wearing a purple cape covered with stars and a hat of feathers. On the opposite page a "big" elephant stands on a platform and a "small" mouse can be pulled out of it with a pull-tab. Other surprising and entertaining movable actions are on every page, and all of them illustrate opposites: short/tall, happy/sad, quiet/noisy, plain/fancy, dry/wet. There are pull-tabs, lift-the-flaps and a wheel, and each is different. One flap lifts an entire page, another just a corner, yet another triples in size as it is raised. One simply turns upside down. All colors are bright and cheerful with no shading or unnecessary details. See a happy clown become sad with just a twist of his lips. The author/illustrator is a Caldecott honoree. Children will love it! Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-K—"In" and "out," "plain" and "fancy," "empty" and "full" are just a few of the opposites featured in this romp through the big top. MacDonald's artwork is brightly colored with crisp contrasts and clean lines. The images, created using cut-paper collages, are matched with two contrary phrases. Each spread can be manipulated in some way (flaps, pull tabs, wheels, foldouts) to demonstrate the concept. The simple presentation and well-designed paper-engineered components are sure to encourage interaction. Clever techniques include a rotating mouth to make a "happy" clown "sad," and a turning wheel makes it appear that the balls a monkey is juggling go "up" and "down." This engaging book will leave youngsters satisfied, yet wanting more.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416971542
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 987,045
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Suse MacDonald published her first book, Alphabatics, for Simon & Schuster in 1986. This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1987, kicking off a prolific and successful career. Suse continues to write and illustrate books for children, including Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round, Alphabet Animals: A Slide and Peek Adventure, and Dino Shapes. Suse loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure in encouraging readers to make their own artistic discoveries. Suse lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Stuart.

Suse MacDonald published her first book, Alphabatics, for Simon & Schuster in 1986. This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1987, kicking off a prolific and successful career. Suse continues to write and illustrate books for children, including Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round, Alphabet Animals: A Slide and Peek Adventure, and Dino Shapes. Suse loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure in encouraging readers to make their own artistic discoveries. Suse lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband, Stuart.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    My son's FAVORITE book!

    We found this in the "new book" stack at our library. My 2 year old son loves it! He's in speech therapy and this book brought out more words than we had in the previous weeks of therapy! And he loves saying his colors for the "balls go up/balls go down" page. I didn't even know he knew his colors, but this book just let all those words tumble out of him! And when it's bedtime, he rushes upstairs to get jammies on when he hears "let's read Circus Opposites!"
    The colors are bright, the pop-ups/pull tabs/flaps/etc are fun. We've checked it out from the library 3 times now and I am going to surprise my son with it under the Christmas tree, or maybe in his stocking, I can barely wait to give it to him! Thanks Suse for the super book!!

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