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Circus Girl Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Di Capua Books; First Edition edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060287845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060287849
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,549,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Sendak began writing at a very early age, collaborating with his brother Maurice in writing, illustrating, and binding their own story books, which they then lent out to family and friends. His love for books grew out of the bedtime foltakes his father, Philip, told every evening. Reviewers called Jack Sendak's books humorous, magical, and mysterious.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Kim on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for children, both artistically and as a story. The story is about a little girl that is a member of a circus and her quest to discover what "average" people do in their everyday lives. The artwork reminds one of Piccasso's earlier drawings and has the iconographic quality that speaks to one's innermost thoughts. I suspect that there are many adults who would love this book as much as their child would.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aceto TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A year after Jack's soggy debut, The Happy Rain, he continued his winning ways with Circus Girl. This book is the only other to have Maurice's drawings; they are more subdued here. The girl is Flora, a clever choice among the circus fauna. Figures Jack was a circus boy, all that strange flash and sizzle. Back in '57, a circus was a much bigger deal. Today it has to have all the punch of a Las Vegas indoor show. I do not think we are better for it, but perhaps the working animals are.

Jack is busy turning the tables, putting the shoe on the other foot, and showing us the world from the far side. Inverting perspective is easier for children than the ossified imagination of most grown-ups. But Jack knew that these inversions are healthy for children -- both fun and instructive, they limber the brain for taking in as much as can be. So many children's books are hammering home some point. This one unfurls the sails.

For example, it is Flora, the performer, who dreams about the people in the audience at night rather then they of her. It is she who "runs away" sort of, to join -- the regular folk. Jack plays wit dreams within dreams, or what seems as what happens awake. We are not quite sure. I tried hard to trace my way back to see how he had gotten us there, or is it here?

Somehow he nets the ineluctable. When Flora tells Lion that, when she was even younger, she had thought the audience turned into purple smoke every night, after the show. Imagine how prominent the tobacco smoke was in those quiet, empty tents fifty years ago. Then the people are reconstituted for the next show. This perception rings true for children of a certain tender age. All makes a story for reading aloud and having some conversation.
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My daughter and I love reading this unusual kid's story from the perspective of a girl who lives in the circus. A lovely story about not being afraid of the unknown.
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Circus Girl book by Jack Sendak

I thought I gave this book to my daughter who is a circus performer as is rest of family, years ago. Only when Maurice Sendak died was I reminded. Ordered Jack's book immediately, sent it off to my daughter who is recovering from surgery. I love the book and so did she of course.

The illustrations and the story itself are quite charming and unforgettable.

Thank you for making it available from Amazon (my favorite retail merchant - just wish the economy would upswing itself). So I can purchase some much needed items from you!

Thanks, Mali
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Winner on June 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
our family are huge fans of maurice and jack sendak, and this book is no exception, but unlike "the sign on rosie's door" and "the happy rain", this is not a book that the kids ask to read daily. it kinda freaked them out, in fact, when we first got it, and still has a kind of spooky mood to it, even though we know it's "safe" at this point, from having read it several times. it's about a girl who grows up in the circus who wants to understand what the audience members---normal people---are like. that's all fine and dandy, but the spooky part is how she imagines them and the nightmare she has about what they're like. as i said, it all comes out fine in the end (she realizes they're just like circus folk, not strange or creepy), just has a bit of an unsettling mood to it.
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