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An inventive alphabet book with three-dimensional illustrations -- especially accessible for preschoolers
"C is for Clowncurved round like a noodle.
D is for Dog who looks like a poodle."
Come meet the most stupous performers in town -- monkeys on stilts, sheep on trapeze, and clowns of all shapes and sizes. These are just a few of the zany characters you'll discover at this three-ring show. But unlike most circus affairs, the performers in this extraordinary cast turn, twist, and flip through the air as they form the letters of the alphabet from A to Z.
With playful verse and stunning illustrations -- made of everything from cotton to wallpaper fabric -- Linda Bronson brings the alphabet and the circus together under one quirky tent.
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Linda Bronson is the illustrator of several acclaimed children's books, including Crookjaw and Teatime with Emma Buttersnap. Linda lives in upstate Connecticut with her husband, Charlie, and their two cats. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.
PreS-Gr 1-Though there is always room for a good alphabet book and circus themes have a ready audience, Bronson's contribution may confound her audience. Text joins illustration in a variety of ways. Those spreads that tackle just one letter are reasonably straightforward. The pages that combine the illustrations for two letters, however, may be part alphabet, part "I Spy" (Scholastic). "G is for Giraffe" has a curled clay giraffe dropping through a pipe-cleaner hoop held by two figures said to be Harlequins-the hoop is the crossbar of the H. Two poodles stand on a ball in sort of a D shape inside a curled clay clown C. The illustrative creativity is undeniable as clay, buttons, rickrack, sequins, bells, tassels, cotton, feathers, and fabric meet paint in the requisite bold circus colors. For the most part, the rhyming couplets bubble along; however, the occasional addition or deletion of a syllable could disrupt a spirited reading (e.g., "I is for Illusionist, attempting a feat. J is for Juggler-hold on to your seat"). Nevertheless, libraries serving sizable preschool communities may want to add this one for its visual merit and for fans of Bronson's previous illustrative accomplishments, including Caron Cohen's Crookjaw (1997) and Lindsey Tate's Teatime with Emma Buttersnap (1998, both Holt).
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
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