The Runaway Circus is an amusing and amazing tale about a group of human and animal circus performers who run away from the circus and join Joanna at home and at school. The actions of the performers add delightful humour to the story as each member of the circus uses their skills to disrupt some part of Joanna's daily life.
Gordon Reece's clear, bright and simple illustrations capture the antics of the circus acts effectively. The illustrations enrich the text, visually explaining circus roles such as contortionist and escapologist. Exaggerated actions placed in an ordinary setting add to the humorous delight of this book. Observant readers will note more happening in the story than the text reveals, especially at the close of the book.
The simplicity of this story makes it enjoyable for the very young. However the illustrations also add a humorous, thought-provoking and alternative look at ordinary life offering older readers a story that will not only amuse, but may also make them think about the way people behave in different situations and how this can affect others.
Gordon Reece grew up in England and worked as a teacher before going back to university to study law. He worked as a lawyer from 1994 to 1999 before deciding he was ready for a change in his life. Gordon and his wife moved to Spain, where he became a full-time children's book writer and illustrator. He has worked on over twenty books since then. Gordon immigrated to Australia in 2005 and The Runaway Circus is his first Australian publication.
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