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by Chris Van Dusen 

With stunning artwork and a rhyming text, the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books tells a tale of human-animal connection full of humor and heart.
When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages."

The Circus Ship

SKU: 9780763630904
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  • Chris Van Dusen is the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He wrote and illustrated IF I BUILT A CAR, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award Winner. He lives in Maine. 

  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

    Publish Date: September 2009

    Page Count: 40

    Reading Level: Ages 4-8


    - Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure

    - Survival Stories - Historical - United States - 19th Century

    - Humorous Stories - Circus

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