Circus Girl by Clare Pernice (2014)

As kids, my siblings and I used to put on spectacular shows for my grandmother. We recently found some of the old programmes we had made, which often had a circus theme and featured such grand events as my younger brother performing a strongman routine. I’m very pleased I grew up in the days before video cameras!

In the quiet of her bedroom Circus girl creates a spectacular world of bareback horse riding, daring trapeze stunts and lion taming, for a captive audience of her toys. Dressed in a striped leotard she leaps and swings, dances and spins.

The language is minimal but scrummy, including gems like “plucky” and “sensational.” The illustrations are a delight. A treat of a picture book celebrating the joy of imagination.

Check out Circus girl at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Circus girl from Fishpond.



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