Johanna Wright The Secret Circus

ISBN 13: 9781596434035

The Secret Circus

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THE GREATEST little show ON EARTH

The secrets of Paris revealed from the ground up.

Beneath the sparkling lights of Paris is a circus so secret that only the mice know how to find it. Floating by balloon across a Parisian cityscape they travel to the grand performance, where tiny acrobats form mouse pyramids and giant housecats are tamed. Wright's simple expressive lines over glowing textures make this a captivating and adorable book debut, not to mention one great show.

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About the Author:

Johanna Wright was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. She received degrees in puppetry and children's literature and shortly after graduation moved to Brooklyn, NY. She spent many years in New York, selling her paintings on the streets of Manhattan where she honed her illustration skills. Johanna has now returned to Oregon, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and spends much of her time writing, painting, and searching for Sasquatch.

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In this quiet and unassuming picture book, Wright dreams up a Parisian circus that is so itty-bitty and well hidden that only the mice know how to find it. Each spread teases this conceit out, morsel by morsel: “Only the mice know when to go there” shows a mouse family finishing up chores and growing excited; “Only the mice know what to wear” accompanies a scene of the family helping each other into their finest attire; “Only the mice know how to get there” shows them traveling across the city sky in a mini hot-air balloon, the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the distance. The mice are blobby and friendly, decked out in 1920s-era French styles of wide-brimmed hats and striped shirts. Dominated by muted browns and dark greens, the artwork is inviting and comforting with just a hint of mystery. The closing scene, in which a mouse slyly looks at the reader and shushes a finger, engenders a sense of inclusion in the mice’s little world, which children will recognize in their own family’s happy secrets. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ian Chipman

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