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A Day at the Circus with Clare Pernice

March 17, 2018

Clare Pernice, author and illustrator of Circus Girl, will offer a fun story hour plus character-making program called “A Day at the Circus” for children ages 3-8. Clare will read Circus Girl and lead everyone in a character-making workshop. The workshop will be followed by a book signing of Circus Girl, available in our store or online.

Please note: a parent or caregiver must accompany children at all times. Born and raised in England, Clare Pernice’s passion for children’s books took root while influenced by Roald Dahl (who visited her school), and her witty story-telling father. Pernice took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design and went on to graduate from London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. She has since illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston and New York. She has also designed children’s books, clothes, toys, & murals, and has created costumes and props for film and stage.

But Pernice’s true love is writing and illustrating picture books, of which Circus Girl is her first. Circus Girl is the tale of a young girl who morphs into a superstar — the main attraction — in a circus of her own. Pernice’s picture book combines playful text with whimsical watercolor images, capturing the girl’s imagination of tumbling, flying, juggling, and spinning across the pages. The little girl’s family of toys help her create a dream-like circus show before she falls fast asleep.

Circus Girl was inspired by my childhood, my two children, and all children who love to play dress up and make-believe,” said Pernice. Clare invites kids to dress up in circus attire (optional). Sometimes she even orchestrates a small parade with the kids.

“A flight of fancy, verbally and visually spare, that any would-be “star” will gladly take.” Kirkus Reviews.

“Vibrant and winsome, modern and timeless the illustrations and words convey a captured childhood moment with directness and simplicity.” Goodreads

$25 per Adult with 1 child; additional children $10 each.
Limited to 12 children; RSVP required.


Circus Girl by Clare Pernice
$16.95 BUY NOW! 

She’s stupendous and bold, daring and dazzling but most of all, creative! She jumps and tumbles, and flies through the air, juggles spins, balances and contorts.




March 17, 2018
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Family Programming for children 3 to 8 years old.
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