The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

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When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim in the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard! With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community—and a rare hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages.
 

About Chris Van Dusen

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Chris Van Dusen is the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He wrote and illustrated IF I BUILT A CAR, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award Winner. He lives in Maine.
 
Published November 15, 2011 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Van Dusen’s rhyming text takes inspiration from an 1836 shipwreck, but fanciful fun, not tragedy, awaits readers here.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A fun look at circus animals making their home in a 19th century town in Maine.

Nov 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Circus Ship

Common Sense Media

Mr. Paine, the circus owner, saves himself and leaves behind his animals, who desperately swim to an island in Maine.

Sep 22 2009 | Read Full Review of The Circus Ship

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Mr. Paine, the circus owner, saves himself and leaves behind his animals, who desperately swim to an island in Maine.

Jun 20 2015 | Read Full Review of The Circus Ship

Kepler's

This is exactly what happens to the residents of a Maine town when a Circus Ship crashes near their coast and its Captain Circus Boss abandons ship leaving the animals to fend for themselves!

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