Halloween Circus by Charise Neugeuer, Illustrated by Robert Ingpen (first published in Switzerland) a children’s book with two fold out poster style visual stories and pages of poetry in calligraphy styled text.
Start reading the book with the front fold out illustration open, you’ll see that the following book pages align with parts of the largest visual, then eventually the book ques you to open the back fold out illustration. As seen in the photo below, the hands of the clowns in the large visuals appear again on the pages and align with the largest image.
Halloween Circus is published by North-South Books and printed in Italy, with good reason as to why the book is made up of quality, textured paper, making the folds last forever and why the illustrations remain vibrant after many fingers handling the pages.The poetry is amazingly beautiful with rhymes, flowing at a consistent pace of intriguing thought provoking sounds. There are magical words like; Abra-ca-dab-bra and Hocus-pocus. Halloween Circushas seemingly hidden details but the truth is that the poetry directs you to a visual detail, along the way you find something else that is just as interesting.
If a circus or Cirque du Soleil is coming to town pull Halloween Circus from the book shelf and ask “why is everyone dressed in costume?” or “Is the acting and drama in a circus similar to that in an Opera?”Illustrator Robert Ingpen a visual story teller.
Story teller Charise Neugebauer has many children books to her name.
I appreciate children’s books for the visuals, the illustrations are captivating and are loved by children and adults alike. Literature is the key to writing and add purpose to visuals in a story.
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