THE CIRCUS SHIP

When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when... Read More

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When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard.

With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community — and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages. 

Hard Cover, 40 pgs, 9.8” x 10.3” / 24.9 x 26cm.
By Chris Van Dusen

from 4 years+

Benefits:

  • Rhyming text for engagement and language development
  • Observation & focus
  • Visual differentiation
  • Social-emotional development
  • Encourages teamwork, compassion and kindness
  • Animal identification

Awards:

  • Texas Library Association 2X2 Reading List
  • Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame
  • Illinois Monarch Award
  • Georgia Children’s Book Award
  • Iowa Association of School Librarians Goldfinch Book Award
  • New Hampshire Ladybug Award
  • Maine Chickadee Award
  • Comstock Read Aloud Book Award, Honor Book
  • North Carolina Children’s Book Award
  • Maine Library Association Lupine Award
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Award
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • Indie Next List
  • Borders Best Kids Books