On her summer vacation, Olivia goes to the circus. Unfortunately all of the performers are ill, so Olivia steps in and plays all of the roles for everyone to enjoy.
The story allows you to help reinforce creative play and the power of imagination, i.e., you can do/be anything you want to be.
7 to 9
4 to 7
First read with child at 23 months.
Borrow it. We expected a popular book to be loved. It isn't at the moment.
Initially closed the book after page 2. During subsequent readings, would check out the page, but then wander away.
Surprised by the reaction. The story is engaging, and not unlike other flights of fancy. Not sure why this didn't go over well.
The black/white/red illustrations and fold-out pages are a nice change. The short sentences and fanciful theme are short enough to keep a toddler's attention and also help beginning readers.
The museum-quality pages require adult supervision when reading.