From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This unusual concept book depicts a group of friendly animals and children as they work together to build sets in order to put on a backyard circus. In each spread, readers are asked to search the playfully chaotic pictures to find certain body features, such as the widest mouth, the thinnest legs, the dirtiest hands, or the biggest bottom. The watercolor illustrations are packed with details, and children can have fun following the messy progression of the various characters as they prepare for the big show by bathing, putting on makeup, donning costumes, practicing their routines, and, in a couple of cases, using the potty. The final picture shows the children-along with their pig, sheep, alligator, monkey, rabbit, bear cub, flamingo, cat, dog, and mice cohorts-performing their stunts in and around the newly constructed circus tent with the answers to the previous questions clearly labeled. An entertaining additional purchase.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This picture book may be simply written, but its lively ink-and-watercolor illustrations feature a large cast of children and animals bustling about in playful, silly, and sometimes purposeful ways. In an early double-page spread, one girl cuts a piece of cloth, while another paints a little boy’s face. Nearby, a boy saws a plank of wood, while one mouse juggles nails, a second balances a screwdriver on his nose, and a third tosses candy into a crocodile’s mouth. Meanwhile, more than a dozen other characters engage in their own activities. The text asks, “Who has the widest mouth?” From page to page, viewers may be too busy trying to answer the questions or too caught up in the individual mini dramas to see what’s happening overall, but, gradually, a circus tent takes shape, and the performers prepare for their acts. First published in the Netherlands, this appealing picture book is a natural for children who love to pore over illustrations, looking for answers and enjoying the details. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan