Sing a Song of Circus

Sing a Song of Circus

by Ward Schumaker

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Two balloons run away to the circus in this exquisitely crafted book. Schumaker's (Mouse Chase; Dance!) ink lines and stylized forms soar across the heavy opaque pages with wit and grace; the sophisticated graphics divide backgrounds into circles or tentlike swaths of color. Using hand separations that create the appearance of a slightly off-kilter register, Schumaker imbues his handsome, dense colors with a dynamism all their own. Every page surges with energy: confetti and streamers tumble from the big top sky; a lion's ring of fire dances with flame and heat; a clown's ruffle and a dancer's tutu look electrified. On many pages, the typography joins in the fun-in one spread, words balance on the noses of two seals. The story shows a lively imagination as well: the two balloons go to work in a variety of circus jobs, from holding up a clown's pants to serving (albeit messily) popcorn and drinks to the crowd. But as is true of the circus itself, it's clearly the visual dazzle that counts here-narrative seems almost beside the point.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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