Picture Book Review: “Circus is Fun for Everyone”

Author: Anetta Kotowicz
Illustrator: Nina Ezhik
Publisher: ArtsKindred (2019)
Age Range: 4 and up

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Circus Is Fun For Everyone, from the interdisciplinary A Day In The Life Of A Kid favorite children’s picture book collection, draws the readers into the magnificent world of children’s imagination and acrobatic performances.

Ellie, the elephant, invites you to his favorite show, where cirque’s performers mimic and are applauded by children’s favorite animals like squirrels, hedgehogs, parrots, snakes, giraffe, monkeys, bears, rhinoceros, etc.

But what happens when someone starts to be unkind to others? Join Ellie and his friend to find out, and to create the best of the best circus show!

My Review

So let me just start out by saying the illustrations in “Circus is Fun for Everyone” are spectacular! So bold and bright, dramatic and engaging, these pictures will reach out and grab you, they are absolutely perfect for the colorful world that is a circus!

I love the overall goal of the book. The storyline sends several good messages about encouraging each other, being a good friend, standing up to bullies and not accepting bullying behavior in general.  This imaginary circus portrays a friendly attitude toward the animals that delivers a positive message about being kind to animals, something that doesn’t ring true with a real circus.

I would like to have seen a tighter storyline. I do love picture books that rhyme but it’s so hard to get the meter just right. Parts of the story I had to read twice to get the rhythm right in my head. This doesn’t necessarily take away from the overall intention of the message, it’s a personal preference.

I easily give “Circus is Fun for Everyone” a four-star rating. It’s an interactive book full of fun things to learn about, there are songs to sing and “no-bullying” signs to make. It’s quite simply a stunning presentation kids will want to revisit often.

About the Author and Illustrator

Learn more about the author – Anetta Kotowicz and illustrator – Nina Ezhik here: https://www.artskindred.com/contributors

Review Copy

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