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Roarr: Calder's Circus

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Sculptor Alexander Calder's whimsical circus has delighted children and adults alike since he created and first performed it in 1926. Since 1970 the circus has been displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. In this visually stunning look at the circus in action, Kalman's playful text and Brun's vibrant photographs burst off the page to charm young r ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 1991)
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I was (and still am) OBSESSED with this book. Calder's circus is one lovingly constructed hot giggle and is ensconced at the Whitney. I only saw parts of it when we visited because it was being cleaned and tidied. What a wonder- so many people see only the tattered bits, but the ideas behind it and the execution of the wrapped wires capture the circus perfectly. If you get a chance to see the short films online showing Calder playing with it - well, they are well worth the search. This book capt ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: art-design
I adore near every bit of Maira Kalman's writing & her illustrations are fabulous for audiences both adults and smaller. And telling enough, I named my son after Alexander Calder.. . . and somehow, sadly I did not love this book.

Mostly, it's the oft handled cloth and wood sculptures made(1926-31) that do not photograph well. Watching Calder perform his circus through the magic of You Tube is much more moving and entirely possible!

Or there's Sandy's Circus that captures some of the magic of th
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me by a colleague who had attempted to read it during a storytime. That was a disaster, but it is definitely a fun book with a lot of charm. Reading it by yourself or with one child it's great. The note regarding the history of the wire models that are photographed makes it even more interesting. ...more
clare o'c
I love Maira Kalman. I love this book because she made a book about Calder and about sculpture and I think it works pretty well. My kids don't don't love it as much as I do, but the art teacher does! ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
F--k the haters. I was actually the target demographic when I tore through this book again and again as an early adolescent, and it was amazing.

Leave it to adults to ruin a perfectly magical children's book.
Also film: Calder's Little Circus 1961
I heart "Ben Hur" and "Men Persuading Elephant"
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maira kalman puts photos of calder's wire and fabric circus sculptures on a page and tells you their secrets as a story. wow. ...more
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Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She has worked as a designer, author, illustrator and artist for more than thirty years without formal training. Her work is a narrative journal of her life and all its absurdities. She has written and illustrated twelve children's books including Ooh-la-la- Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and Swami on Rye. She ...more

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