There's a whole alphabet to be found at the circus. A is for acrobats, for example, contorting their bodies. B is for big top, the centre of all the action. C is for calliope, creating that familiar circus melody. In ABC is for Circus by Patrick Hruby, the circus is the backdrop for a familiar kind children's books - the alphabet book. But the bright, high-contrast images lend themselves well to the circus concept, and the primary shapes found in the pictures are perfect for sparking discussion with children. My favourite page was "N is for Nighttime," but I also loved "F is for Fireworks" (and there's something so nice about the bear on the unicycle). It's the kind of work that looks deceptively simple but likely is the result of a meticulous attention to detail. This book made me want to learn more about Patrick Hruby - see more of Patrick's work at Patrick Draws Things.
Find the book at AMMO. (ABC is for Circus will be available in November)
Read it with:
Jason d'Aquino's Circus ABC
Alphabeasts by Edward Wallace
Who put the B in the Ballyhoo by Carlyn Beccia