ABC is for Circus – Patrick Hruby

20 Sep

ABC is for Circus
By Patrick Hruby
Available 15 November 2010

ABC IS FOR CIRCUS celebrates the colorful and festive world of the circus through each letter of the alphabet. Young children will enjoy memorizing letters and words like A is for Acrobats, B is for Big Top, and C is for Calliope in this imaginative chunky board book. ABC IS FOR CIRCUS is an awesome addition to our artist-centric line of ABC books and is sure to delight an audience of children and adults alike.

This Blonde’s Review:
This is such a colorful children’s book that you can’t help but notice it among the others. The pictures are vivid and beautiful. The only real complaint I had upon reading it myself before reading it to my children was the concern that they wouldn’t know what a Calliope was. I wasn’t even sure what a Calliope was to be honest. Perhaps there could have been a more easily recognized word for C. The subject is just wonderful, since so many children adore the circus. I received an ebook copy of this book for advanced review, but the colors and illustrations do make me wish we had it in hand for the kids to marvel over. Since this Is a children’s book, we can’t go without giving a review after reading the book to my kids.

This Blonde’s Children both thought the pictures were pretty. We read through the book twice with me telling them what each letter stood for. Then we read it through a third time with them telling me what the pictures showed them, just to see how well they were able to relate the letters to the pictures. A few of them they had troubles with. Calliope and Ventriloquist are words they don’t know, so those were kinda hard for them, but they tried. Other words, such as Yellow & Unicycle they focused on the most obvious thing on the page, the sun and the bear, rather than the letter. After a gentle reminder what Letter they were on they’d correct themselves and say the correct thing.

Overall, a very cute book with great pictures. It’s not perfect for all children if they’re not familiar with everything at the circus, but the beloved circus theme will still leave them happy. It has taught my children a few new words that they’re trying to learn how to pronounce.

And in case you’re interested, I did find Patrick Hruby’s website while looking for a decent picture of the book cover. He can be found at Could he be working on another children’s book with the Four Winds? I hope so, because just the pictures posted so far make it look like something that could be wonderful.

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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Book Review, Children's, NetGalley


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