The Circus Ship

The Circus Ship

Book - 2009
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With stunning artwork and a rhyming text, the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books tells a tale of human-animal connection full of humor and heart. (Ages 4-8)

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.
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st Ed.
ISBN: 9780763630904
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Apr 10, 2018

my 3 years old twin boys loved it. The beautiful illustration with bright colors and the rhymes captured their attention. They also enjoyed scanning over each page to see the hidden animals. I was a hit even for their younger brother

Apr 09, 2018

Shipwreck, close to drawing animals, scary faces of antagonist could be frightening to younger audience.

Feb 11, 2017

A captivating story that features circus animals and the kids of a town. The story is written in rhyme, so it is fun to read. When I read it to my granddaughters, they regularly interrupt the story, in order to count the animals in the illustration, to confirm the correct number of animals.

Oct 26, 2014

So much fun to read out loud, and oh, so cleaver. I love it when author’s creativity surprises me. Chris Van Dusen delivers as always.

guytrish Aug 17, 2012

Beautiful of our faves. My boys ages 5 & 6 love it and so do I...

Aug 11, 2012

The first half of the book was a little dark, but we loved the second half when the sun came out! We especially love playing I Spy to find the animals at the end!

Aug 07, 2012

Incredibly fun read. Very lyrical, thoughtful and entertaining. We read this again and again at bedtime!

May 24, 2011

AWESOME RHYMING BOOK!! I will be going to buy this one for my daughter.

May 20, 2011

Excellent rhyming book with a story line too. It's a MUST READ!!!

May 09, 2011

My six year old loved this book--it's fun to read out loud (I'm a bit of a sucker for rhyming in picture books, I'll admit) and the pictures are beautiful. We had fun finding the hiding animals on a few pages. A friend recommended it to us, and I'm so glad she did. Plus there's a fun note in the back from the author that tells you the historical event that the book was inspired by. Super cute.


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Aug 07, 2012

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