Join Marvelous Mouse, Cannonball Cat, and a whole cast of circus animals as each proclaims himself or herself the star of the circus. The satisfying conclusion to the story shows all of the animals banding together to realize they are all stars of the circus.
PreSchool-Grade 1. A delightful story with a recurring pattern, told in only 28 words. Eight animals with alliterative names (Zany Zebra, Marvelous Mouse, Crazy Kangaroo, etc.) vie for circus stardom. In fact, each creature announces himself as the “star of the circus” only to be driven off the stage by a bigger and fiercer animal who claims the spot. In a clever and surprising conclusion, the smaller characters band together into a fearsome shadow creature and frighten Elegant Elephant off his pedestal. Readers will join in the exuberant laughter that follows his plea for help, and even Elegant Elephant sports a small smile when he realizes the trick. “We’re all stars of the circus!” shout the animals in a very satisfying ending. Aruego and Dewey’s characteristic vibrant pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations capture the spirit of the story and add to the pleasure. Each animal wiggles with personality in these pictures. The book will be fun to share with groups and will make a nice addition to the pattern books that are so important to beginning readers.