The Secret Circus

written & illustrated by Johanna Wright

A Neal Porter Book

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The secrets of Paris revealed from the ground up.

Beneath the sparkling lights of Paris is a circus so secret that only the mice know how to find it. Floating by balloon across a Parisian cityscape they travel to the grand performance, where tiny acrobats form mouse pyramids and giant housecats are tamed. Wright's simple expressive lines over glowing textures make this a captivating and adorable book debut, not to mention one great show.

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Praise for The Secret Circus

“The text has a gently incantatory rhythm, while the book’s twilight colors perfectly evoke the magic hour when shadows deepen even as the lights become more luminous.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This would serve effectively as a bedtime story or a classroom readaloud for a quiet moment, and the repeated phrases and simple text also make it accessible for beginning solo readers.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The closing scene, in which a mouse slyly looks at the reader and shushes a finger, engenders a sense of inclusion in the mice’s little world, which children will recognize in their own family’s happy secrets.” —Booklist

“Just right for bedtime.” —Publishers Weekly

“A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The theme of a hidden world, universally popular with children, finds satisfying expression here. A delightful addition to any collection.” —School Library Journal

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About the Author

written & illustrated by Johanna Wright

Johanna Wright was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. She received degrees in puppetry and children's literature and shortly after graduation moved to Brooklyn, NY. She spent many years in New York, selling her paintings on the streets of Manhattan where she honed her illustration skills. Johanna has now returned to Oregon, where she lives with her husband, a musician, and spends much of her time writing, painting, and searching for Sasquatch. 

Johanna Wright


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The Secret Circus
written & illustrated by Johanna Wright


Roaring Brook Press
A Neal Porter Book
March 2009
ISBN: 9781596434035
ISBN10: 1596434031
Picture Book
7 3/4 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 2 to 6
Grade Range: p to 1 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians

F&P Level A-Z: I
AR Quiz Number: 135166
AR Book Level: 1.6
AR Points: 0.5


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