Circus by DK Publishing
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Circus celebrates the evolution of this gloriuos spectacle under the Big Top -- from its early days of Minoan horn-vaulting and medieval street performers through its heyday in Europe and North America with entrepreneurs such as P.T. Barnum and the Ringling family to the circus of today such as Cirque du Soleil. Illustrated with photographs, posters, paintings, and tickets from around the world, we are introduced to performers who have thrilled crowds with their daring and to world-famous clowns who have transformed comic routines into art. In this first comprehensive children's book on the subject, readers will discover the daily life of circus families, the music, training, and costumes, and the legends -- from Jumbo the elephant to the original "daring young man on the flying trapeze". Sidebars full of fascinating circus trivia about superstitions, "lot lingo", and circus inventions such as the leotard and pink lemonade, add to the fun. A fascinating inside look at one of the world's most daring and dazzling entertainments.

About DK Publishing

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Linda Granfield is an award-winning author of over twenty non-fiction titles for young readers. Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, she currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published March 15, 1998 by DK CHILDREN. 96 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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PW's starred review said, ""Circus buffs of all ages will be riveted to the pages of this nonfiction adventure, which traces the evolution of the circus from ancient Egypt to today's modern extravaganzas."" Ages 8-12.

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I think the circus must mean something different now than it did when I was a child, when clowns were not yet established as people to fear — they could be scary, sure, but the idea they were actually out to get you hadn't yet become a pop cultural norm — and you still saw dancing poodles on prim...

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Publishing A Book Is An Adventure

It is the third novel in the Anita Blake series, which has twenty-one novels, with Kiss the Dead, the twenty-second novel coming out later this year.

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