Dad Runs Away with the Circus by Etgar Keret

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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 for the show. Under the big top, Dad's enthusiasm is downright embarrassing, and Audrey and Zach suspect it has something to do with the generation gap. But even they could never guess just how carried away their dad is going to get! With striking graphic artwork by one of Israel's top illustrators and comic-book artists — splendidly showcased in a double gatefold spread — an acclaimed Israeli author brings his talents to the world of picture books for the first time.

About Etgar Keret

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Etgar Keret's books have been translated into fifteen languages. In 1998, his short stories were incorporated into the literature curriculum for Israeli high school students. He lectures at Tel Aviv University Film School. Of DAD RUNS AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS, his first book for children, he says, "It's about how grownups have dreams, too, and about how life can become a circus if you just let it." Etgar Keret lives in Tel Aviv.Rutu Modan is a two-time winner of Israel's prestigious Ben-Yitzhak Award for children's book illustration, and she shares the author's sentiments about grownups following their dreams. She is one of Israel's leading illustrators and comic-book artists. She lives in Tel Aviv with her family.
Published September 6, 2004 by Walker Books Ltd. 40 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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Having sent letters from all over the world detailing his experiences, Dad returns at last—and in a climactic gatefold, Zach and Audren are amazed to see their father doing it all, from Ringmaster to clown, from animal tamer to firebreather.

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When Dad actually leaves his family, Audrey and Zach remain sanguine, confident of Dad's enduring affection: "even when he was away, he didn't forget about us.

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