April 2014, Simply Read Books, 40 pages, Hardback, Review copy
Summary from Simply Read Books
When a little girl plays dress up in her leotard and socks she becomes Circus Girl star of the show. Even her toys morph into her dreamscape of circus acts. At each page turn she jumps and tumbles, flies through the air, juggles, spins, balances and contorts.
I was attracted to this by the bright cheerful cover. The simply drawn illustrations, mostly with outlines until the girl becomes Circus Girl and sees animals which are highly detailed with colour and take up most of the page made it a pleasure to read. I like the cursive writing of the words, which changed in size, shape and colour when the words described what the girl was doing.
Her imagination is huge and will encourage readers to think big when acting out pretend play (or however it’s called now). The reader can spot how the toys at the start are all the animals that the girl meets while being Circus Girl. I only had one minor niggle which is a personal thing that perhaps the girl could have had a skirt or trousers for modesty but that is just me – the rest of the book is superb and I’ll happily reread it when I need a smile.
Find out more on Clare's website.
For another girl who has a great imagination check out Lucy Goes To Market by Imogen Claire and Sanchia Oppenheimer (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)