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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Simple text and brilliantly colored cut-paper illustrations take children into a big top of circus excitement starring leaping lizards, marching snakes, whistling parrots, and the tumbling Zucchini Brothers.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 30th 1992 by HarperCollins (first published February 1st 1992)
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Apr 29, 2019 added it
I like this book because it's all like day-glo; there's a book also called The Day-Glo Brothers who invented day-glo. This book isn't about day-glo, even though I'm talking about it; it's about the circus. They go across wires, they go down and they have tigers; they jump through hoops. ...more
Nicole Gray
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Circus takes you through what all one would experience while at the circus. The illustrations are bright and Ehlert uses lots of color and geometric shapes. Cute picture book for kids and would definitely hold a child's attention with all the bright colors. ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
My children are fans of Lois Ehlert. They discovered her books independently of each other. My son found her through Eating the Alphabet (1996) and Planting a Rainbow (1988). My daughter found her through her illustrations of the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom series by Bill Martin Jr.

Harriet's latest pick from the library is Circus. Ehlert's usual bold and geometric illustrations are taken to a new extreme. They are so saturated that they are almost hard on the eyes. All the pictures are set against a
Alyssa Tabor
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Colorful. Might work for storytime.
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Dec 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Not impressed with how a woman was portrayed in this book. Not recommended.
Kristy Breese
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: edre-4870
What? This book puts the circus right in the palms of your hands. As you read this book Ehlert walks you through the different experiences one might encounter as if they were at the circus.

So What? I love the bright and vibrant colors Ehlert uses. She uses geometric shapes in creating the illustrations. I believe these illustrations will keep children engaged.

Now What? This book will be fun to read aloud in class during a unit about different types of animals and the places where these animals c
Becky B
Go to the circus and watch the amazing acts.

Well, that was...vibrant. I feel like I should have worn sun glasses to look at this picture book. Ehlert uses a combination of basic geometric shapes to form the creatures and people that appear in the circus acts. It makes it feel kind of psychedelic, especially with the bright, bright colors Ehlert used. Not bad, just dizzying. I did like the flying zucchinis.
Hope L. Justice
This is yet another Ehlert book that falls flat of fabulous. The art work is reminiscent of Matisse, which is pleasant and colorful, yet the book does not appeal to me in terms of language. Topic is another issue. Yet another book completely unoriginal about the circus. I would have thought the book could have been more educational if the language was lacking. The artwork is simplistic, but it is not made solely of recognizable shapes, and the colors are blinding against the black backdrop.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
August 2016 - Lois Ehlert is hit or miss for me - I always admire what she's doing with shapes and colors and textures, but I don't always particularly like her books. This one doesn't do anything for me aesthetically, but Ben picked it out and keeps choosing it over and over, so it definitely works on its intended audience. ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Although my daughter and I are usually a fan of both Lois Ehlert and brightly colored picture books in general, this one was too much. The pictures were so bright they were hard to look at and sometimes at first glance it was even hard to pick out the animals from the performers. It was alright, but not a favorite.
I find some of Lois Ehlert's shape pictures hard for children to look oat but this book is amazing. A variety of children, ncluding ones wh can't sit still, wer'e captivated when I read this for storyhour. It really brings the circus to life!!! ...more
It is obvious the entire point of this book is for it's pictures...although it has a significant amount of is an alright book...personally I would have to incorporate a seperate lesson... ...more
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's illustrations. ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Read this with the grade 1s. Got them to pick out the shapes. They also recognized patterns which was super cool.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, animal
Colorforms at the circus.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This is a good book to read when learning about shapes. After reading, children can make their own creatures out of pre-cut shapes.
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Super bright illustrations (like!). Cute book from a WI author.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to follow soon.
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Corbin loved the illustrations in this book. The colors were so vibrant. Worth a look.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Fun, imaginative illustrations. Might be fun to pair with circus pretend play or play sets.
Katie Fitzgerald
Read at After School Story Time on 1/19/12: ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly quite good! I was worried about spooky clowns.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I am a fan of Lois Ehlert's work, I didn't really care for this book. Vibrant pictures keep the attention of children listening to the story. This just isn't one that I'd be reading again. ...more
Simple story, bold illustrations.
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are so amazingly bright that they made me blink a lot. I was perturbed by the fact that the cover is twice the size of the pages inside.
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Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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