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Backyard Circus

by Jill Bryant, illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

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list price: $11.95
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published: Sep 2006
ISBN:9781554510115
publisher: Annick Press
Description

How to stage your very own circus.

Step right up to the most amazing show on earth... yours. Backyard Circus shows kids how to host their own big top performance with a little imagination and a whole lot of fun.

Cheerful instructions and dynamic illustrations take young readers through everything step by step: from gathering talent (do you call every kid on the block or just use stuffed toys?), to creating costumes (baggy pajamas are a hoot -- or how about dad's old neckties?), to organizing acts that astound and entertain. Kids will have a ball discovering there's no biz like showbiz.

Other show-stopping features include:

  • Tips on clowning
  • Simple magic tricks
  • Safe acrobatics
  • Instructions for juggling
  • Circus lingo
  • How to make stilts
  • Creating your own megaphone.

Sprinkled with groaner jokes for clowning around and packed with circus-lore sidebars for enquiring ringmasters, Backyard Circus is any kid's guide to joining the circus without ever running away.

 

About the Authors
Jill Bryant is a Canadian writer who specializes in children’s non-fiction. Born in Toronto, Jill grew up in Elora and Eden Mills, Ontario. She is a regular contributor to Know magazine and reviewer for Quill & Quire. Jill has lived in Japan, the U.S., England, and Germany. She now makes her home in historic Kingston, Ontario with her husband and their two school-aged daughters.
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Stephen MacEachern has illustrated more than 10 children's books. He is also a web and print designer and has taught illustration at the Sheridan Institute, where he himself studied. Stephen lives in Erin, Ontario, with his wife and two children.
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Contributor Notes

Jill Bryant is the award-winning author of several books for children, including Making Shadow Puppets and Amazing Women Athletes. She learned to unicycle while putting on her own backyard circus when she was nine.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 9
Grade:
2 to 4
Editorial Reviews

Readable, enjoyable, practical and informative, Backyard Circus is an excellent classroom resource and reading book... Highly Recommended.

— CM Magazine

A dynamic guide to creating a circus in your backyard. In humorous prose, she teaches kids to clown, juggle, tumble, mime, and stage-manage... The book is bursting with good ideas.

— Quill and Quire

Cheerful instructions and dynamic illustrations take young readers through everything step by step.

— Eastword (Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia)

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