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This humorous story celebrates mom as the best one-woman show on earth as she juggles everything that goes on during the day—she's a ringmaster, a wild beast tamer, a magician, and sometimes a clown. But her best stunt of all is the sandman show, when it's time for a good-night story. 

Luciana Navarro Powell's colorful, humorous illustrations are a perfect complement to her spirited, rhyming text. ...
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My Mom Is the Best Circus

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Overview

This humorous story celebrates mom as the best one-woman show on earth as she juggles everything that goes on during the day—she's a ringmaster, a wild beast tamer, a magician, and sometimes a clown. But her best stunt of all is the sandman show, when it's time for a good-night story. 

Luciana Navarro Powell's colorful, humorous illustrations are a perfect complement to her spirited, rhyming text.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this board book, a boy sings the praises of his mother, whose abilities are enough to make her a hit under the big top. Among her talents, she can juggle breakfast, “tame wild beasts” (do laundry), and “walk on stilts” (wear high heels): “My mom is the best circus,/ from sunrise to sundown./ Sometimes she’s a magician,/ other times, a clown.” In her brightly colored, gently textured art, Powell captures the essence of a do-it-all mom, whose bold purple pantsuit establishes her as the ringmaster of this family. Up to age 4. Agent: East West Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
In this colorful board book, the narrator compares his or her mother to a one-woman circus, giving her the different roles of the circus performers in the context of their lives at home. Navarro Powell's vivid illustrations truly add to the text, showing the mother "juggling" breakfast foods, "taming" the laundry (made to even look like a scary beast pushing its way out of the dryer), and "clowning" to cheer up her children. The text is simple, but parents of young listeners who are not familiar with the circus will have to define new terms for their children. The text and illustrations allude to the woman as a working mom, wearing a suit and high heels, helping to depict the mother as a strong woman who still cares for her children and attends to their needs. This board book will be a great addition to home libraries, giving young listeners a view that celebrates mothers and their grace in handling day-to-day responsibilities. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo
Kirkus Reviews
Mom gets to be the star in this follow-up to My Dad is the Best Playground (2012). Describing all of mom's duties as circus acts, the book reveals the everyday life of mom and two toddlers, likely fraternal twins, of indeterminate gender. Mom is a working mother, and readers see her interacting with her little ones with boundless energy in the morning and in the evening when she returns home from work. She's a juggler as she prepares breakfast, an animal tamer as she wrestles laundry into the washing machine and a "strongwoman" as she carries one kid under each arm. The format parallels the first book, with kinetic, cartoon images in muted colors of a happy, loving and playful family. While the father-as-playground analogy was successful and easy to relate to, the mother-as-circus concept may confuse little ones who are often not so familiar with the goings-on under the big top. The depiction of mom's shadow flying on the trapeze is too subtle for the audience, and the cover illustration of mom happily juggling a hot cup of coffee is baffling and dangerous. On the final double-page spreads, readers learn that mom's best act is the "sandman show," a concept that may also require some explanation. Fans of the first book may want to see mom in action, but as a solo act, this one just doesn't fly. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307975027
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 26
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

LUCIANA NAVARRO-POWELL is an illustrator, designer, busy mother of two very young children, and wife of a playful guy. She has illustrated several books for children, and wrote and illustrated My Dad Is the Best Playground, a companion to this book. She lives in San Diego, California.
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