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Dad Runs Away with the Circus

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Dad demonstrates that it's never too late to shine in the spotlight in this quirky book about following your dreams.

"The circus is in town!" Dad roared.
"And we're all going to see it!"

Audrey and Zach are still half-asleep — and can't help stifling yawns — when Dad bursts in with his announcement. Dad is so excited, he starts practicing daring stunts before they even leave
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Hardcover, 1st U.S. ed., 40 pages
Published August 19th 2004 by Candlewick (first published 2000)
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george
Oct 15, 2008 george rated it liked it
Dad is really, really excited when the circus comes to town. He drags his family to the mostly-empty show and enjoys it more than anyone else. His wife and children are a bit confused and embarrassed by his behavior. But those feelings turn to shock when they realize that Dad is actually going to run away with the circus! A cute story about a man having both a mid-life crisis and a dream. Silly but fun book.
Dawn
Oct 16, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
This is just plain old silly - a good book for a Friday. Who ever heard of a dad running away to the circus. Some dads are crazy. This one definitely made us laugh!
Vanessa
Sep 09, 2016 Vanessa rated it did not like it
I was expecting a lot more from a children's book written by Etgar Keret and illustrated by Rutu Modan. BOO.
Rainey
Weird and fun- just what I've come to expect from Keret.
Mary
Sep 30, 2011 Mary rated it it was ok
Caspita, pensavo fosse un romanzo, ma scopro appena è arrivato da IBS che è un libro per bimbi e si legge in 5 minuti....andrà alla nostra casa vacanza come libro per bimbi ospiti. Che delusione....ho sentito di altri titoli dell'autore in inglese che volevo leggere ma non trovo come ordinarli in italia, come "Nimrod flipout", libro per adulti, spero...
Dolly
Jan 02, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a bizarre story about the circus and, as the title suggests, how a father runs away to the circus. The illustrations were cartoonish and the story was very far-fetched, but entertaining. Our girls enjoyed watching the story on the Tumblebooks website. (www.tumblebooks.com) We've watched it a few times.
Robin
Oct 13, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
The dad of a boring family is inspired by the creativty and adventure of circus life. He joins, and his family's life is forever changed.

I enjoyed this story.
Isabel Jazmín
Dec 10, 2013 Isabel Jazmín rated it really liked it
Leí la versión en español y estuvo divertida, me gustó cómo combinaron la ilustración con el texto.
Rackve
Jul 13, 2012 Rackve rated it liked it
Los dibujos están bien padres, la historia es chistosa.
Sarah
Mar 02, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
Just weird and awful
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Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television. His books had been published in more than thirty languages.

Keret has received the Prime Minister's award for literature, as well as the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. The short film Malka Lev Adom (Skin Deep, 1996), which Keret wrote and directed with Ran Tal, won an Israel
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