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Circus Play Hardcover – Oct. 1 2002

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K-Gr. 2. Children might think having a trapeze artist for a mom would be great fun, but not Carter's unnamed little boy character. All the neighborhood kids want to play at his house--but they want to watch Mom, put on costumes, and play circus, not watch TV with the little boy. Imaginations run wild as visitors act out their ideas about what goes on in the circus (bullfights, safaris, and rocket ships), only to be corrected by the young resident expert. The boy eventually joins the fun in spite of himself, realizing that participating is better than criticizing. The loose, light-colored illustrations focus on the kids' action, only incidentally showing Mom, a shadow flying overhead on her trapeze. Text-free central pages allow little readers and listeners to fill in the action themselves, just as the imaginations of the pictured children lead their games. Adding to the appeal is the relatively small, square trim size, which is just right for little hands. Diane Foote
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How can you have your friend s over to watch television when your mom is flying around on her trapeze? This is the dilemma confronting a young boy who is the son of a circus performer. Circus Play takes the reader into a most unusual home, and it isn’t long before lions, elephants and a whole big top take over the living room. While the boy attempts to watch TV, his friend s are more interested in dressing up in circus clothes and playing at being in the circus. Imaginations run wild and soon there is a bullfight, a safari and a rocket ship. Finally the TV is turned off, mom is doing a banana split up high and the boy is hoping his friend s come back another day.
Anne Laurel Carter is best known for her fiction for middle and older readers. She brings the same sensitivity and awareness of a child’s inner life to this delightful picture book for young children. The short text is breezy and playful, as are the gentle watercolour illustrations. The book plays with the delicate balance between pictures and text in interesting ways. On the first few pages, when the boy is trying to have a normal visit with his friend s, we are told that mom is flying around but we cannot see her. After several pages, she appears as a shadow up high and then we actually see part of her swinging upside down. As the circus play takes over, more of mom appears. In the middle of the book there are three glorious double-page spreads of the ringmaster, the animals and the daring trapeze flyer in all her glory. The big top has truly taken over the whole house. As the animals begin to misbehave and a jungle intrudes on the circus, the text reappears, mom becomes a shadow again and everyone settles back down into the real world of the living room. Although it is reminiscent of the wild scenes in Where the Wild Things Are, the technique works perfectly here, providing a flight of fancy for the characters and the reader. It is a perfect small book for a small child that is sure to provoke some smiles in its grown-up readers as well.
Mary Anne Cree (Books in Canada) -- Books in Canada

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