Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Review: The Circus Ship

Author: Chris Van Dusen
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Library
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

My children and I loved this book! The rhyming text in this book flows nicely making it a great read aloud. This book is just plain fun. Delightful, whimsical illustrations fill the pages of this book.

Our favorite page is when the animals are hiding from the Circus master. My children love doing hidden pictures so we all enjoyed finding their hiding places.

This is a book I would love to own, it's by far one of our favorite reads this year.

6 comments:

  1. These illustrations look amazing. Love it already and will definitely look for it in the store!

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  2. Hi Katieb,

    Just came across your review of Chris Van Dusen's little gem (The Circus Ship). I recently reviewed it myself and was equally impressed.

    Your blog look great!

    Read Aloud Dad

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  3. Hi Read Aloud Dad- Thank you! Kathy did an excellent review of this book. I'm looking forward to reading it myself.

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  4. After seeing your review, I looked into the book a bit more and ordered it for our library. I'm using it in a lesson this week and the kids are loving this book!

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  5. Hi Read Aloud Dad- Thank you so much for the compliment! Kathy did a fabulous review for the book.

    Jennifer- YAY! Please let us know how it goes.

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