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The Circus Ship : Big Book - Chris Van Dusen

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Published: 1st August 2011
For Ages: 4+ years old
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The verse is sprightly, but the pictures are the true stunners. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

When a circus ship runs aground off the Maine coast, the poor animals are left on their own in the chilly waters. Staggering onto an island, they win over the townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the circus owner comes to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard! With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured artwork, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community and a wonderful hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers.

About the Author

Chris Van Dusen is a professional illustrator whose work features regularly in magazines and advertisements. He has also written and illustrated a number of children's picture books. His illustrations for the Mercy Watson series, written by Kate Di Camillo, have a nostalgic comic flair. Chris lives in Maine, USA.

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5.0

Fantasic Shared Text

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from Queensland, AU

About Me Everyday Reader

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Foundation
    • Prep
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Circus Ship:

    Chris Van Dusen is a favourite amongst young readers 4-6 years. His characters are engaging and his illustrations expertly crafted. The students love the colour and find the stories exciting. This one doesn't disappoint. Their favourite page is the one where the animals are hiding. This is a great shared text. We have the Big Book and a small version for the children to read independently.

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    5.0

    A Clever book

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    About Me Bookworm

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Special Needs
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Circus Ship:

      The students love looking for the animals and finding the rhyming words. The story is action packed.

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      ISBN: 9780763655938
      ISBN-10: 0763655937
      Series: Candlewick Press Big Book
      Audience: Children
      For Ages: 4+ years old
      For Grades: PS - 2
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 40
      Published: 1st August 2011
      Publisher: CANDLEWICK BOOKS
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 45.7 x 44.0  x 0.5
      Weight (kg): 0.76