The Circus Surprise by Ralph Fletcher

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Nick’s parents always have a special surprise for him on his birthday, but this year he knows he’ll have the best birthday ever. Mom and Dad are taking him to the circus! The crowds and attractions are exciting, but Nick is accidentally separated from his parents. Even though he knows what to do if he gets lost, he’s scared—until a green-faced clown on towering stilts comes to his rescue. The bright colors and bustling energy of the circus shine from each of Vladimir Vagin’s lively illustrations in this touching story of a day filled with surprises.

About Ralph Fletcher

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Ralph Fletcher is the author of many well-received books for children, including the novels FIG PUDDING, and FLYING SOLO, and the picture books TWILIGHT COMES TWICE, GRANDPA NEVER LIES and CIRCUS SURPRISE. He lives with his family in New Hampshire. Vladimir Vagin is an award-winning designer and illustrator of more than fifty books. Mr. Vagin lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.
Published March 19, 2001 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The clown guides Nick up a nearby ladder, then carries the boy on his back until Nick spots his worried—soon-to-be-relieved—parents.

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