Peter Spier's Circus! [NOOK Book]


The circus is in town! Come join in the fun as Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier creates a circus like no other, in this exuberant celebration of the wonders of the big top.

A traveling circus arrives, sets up its village of tents, performs for the crowd, and then moves on again.

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The circus is in town! Come join in the fun as Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier creates a circus like no other, in this exuberant celebration of the wonders of the big top.

A traveling circus arrives, sets up its village of tents, performs for the crowd, and then moves on again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW's starred review, ``Caldecott winner Spier not only spotlights a sensational circus extravaganza, but also examines its many elaborate components.'' Ages 5-9. June
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- In the spirit of Peter Spier's Rain 1982 and Peter Spier's Christmas 1983, both Doubleday, this premier illustrator offers a glorious new treat. As the Circus McNulty rolls into town, readers see an empty field transformed into a miniature village, with a one-room school housed in a trailer truck; a vet who checks all the animals before the performance; and an international troupe of trainers, clowns, and acrobats. After the players have been introduced, it's showtime: trick riders; trained seals, bears and lions; plate spinners; and the human cannonball. Even the intermission has its joys. ``But all good things must come to an end . . . '' As the cars slowly bump their way out, the cleanup crew is hard at work; and six hours later the field is left once again to the rabbits. The focus here is on the pictures, of course, with the breezy text serving more as captions than story. Spier's familiar blues and greens are used to great effect in the moonlit double spreads of the elephants parading to and from the train, and bright splashes of red and yellow in smaller, cartoon pictures that break up the pages. He has a sharp eye for the kind of detail young readers like. Better suited for individual reading than for storytimes, this will be a great addition to the always-sparse selection of circus books, and children will undoubtedly want to pore over it. Buy lots--you'll need them! --Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
Carolyn Phelan
Beginning with a billboard heralding the Circus McNulty, this lively picture book details what happens when the circus comes to town: the setting up, rehearsal, performance, striking, and setting out again for the next town. The text is often interesting, occasionally tedious, and mainly serves as a voice-over for the main attraction--Spier's artwork. Visually oriented kids will enjoy the detailed ink-and-watercolor paintings showing expected acts under the big top as well as circus families in their mobile homes and stores, in the computerized office on wheels, and in the schoolroom trailer. While teachers and librarians looking for a circus book to read aloud will probably reach for Ehlert's more succinct "Circus" , Spier provides a satisfying picture book for children who want to spend a little time imagining the circus while poring over the illustrations at their own pace.
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"A treat!" — Kirkus Reviews

"This premier illustrator offers a glorious new treat....children will undoubtedly want to pore over it." — School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449811337
  • Publisher: RH Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 6/27/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 882,407
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 24 MB
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