Cuckooland’s Guide to Bedtime Stories: The Circus Collection

With our busy schedules and hectic lives, it’s easy to see why spending quality time with our children is becoming more and more precious. As a parent it can sometimes feel like the few moments in the day when we can really connect with our children are about as rare as rocking horse poo! One of those moments is of course story telling time at bedtime. That wonderful half hour of quiet reading time once the kids are bathed and ready for bed (which is just after the mad half hour of dinner and pudding time!).

Ok, enough clowning about… our original guide to unique stories inspired by our imaginative childrens beds and bedroom themes continues with our circus collection.

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A treat to behold and of course the prefect accompaniment to any circus themed story is our dazzling Circus Children’s Bed by Lifetime. Designed in playful pink, the circus bed is perfect for a budding gymnast. The bed features a book rack which can double up as a high wire for cute circus performers. Best of all the Circus Children’s Bed is made from solid pine which means it’s build to last and can take an infinite amount of bouncing and summersaults.

Spot Goes to the Circus by Eric Hill

Recommended Age: 0-2 Years

From the loveable creator of Spot books Eric Hill, comes another cheeky adventure from one of the nations favourite fictional dogs. The story is simplistic in nature and perfect for little ones; Spot has lost his ball at the circus. Where can it be? Following suit of other Spot books, Spot Goes to the Circus is a lift-the-flap book with plenty of hidden delights for fans young and old. The book is bright and beautiful and will appeal to little ones with its easy text and large font images.

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Circus Girl by Claire Pernice

Recommended Age: 4-6 Years

Circus Girl by Claire Pernice is another example of the exploration of a child’s imagination. A little girl dresses up in her leotard and socks to become ‘Circus Girl’ the leading star of the show. Circus Girl’s entire bedroom transforms into a circus dreamscape incorporating her toys and other objects. Circus girl trapezes and tumbles from page to page, juggling and contorting to become the overall star of the show.  The use of creative imagination to morph toys and bedroom furniture into a circus will appeal to many child who love to act and play. The soft illustrations are perfectly balanced and create a dream like feel.

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If I Ran the Circus: Yellow Back Book by Dr Seuss

Recommended Age: 5-7 Years

From the topsy-turvy world of Dr Seuss comes the tremendous, stupendous tale of Morris McGurk who dreams of staging the world’s greatest show. If I Ran the Circus is the perfect book to pass on to your little ones if you were or indeed are a fan of Dr Seuss. The story draws on the usual inventive parallels of creative creatures, from the Spotted Atrocious – a beast most ferocious – to the Drum-Tummied Snumm from the country of Frumm. If I Ran the Circus is a fun tongue twister story with great illustrations in the trademark blue, red and yellow colours of Dr Seuss.

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Circus Camp (Brownies) by C. A. Plaisted

Recommended Age: 7-9 Years

Circus Camp is the sixth book in the Brownies series by C. A. Plaisted. Charlie, Katie, Grace, Jamila and Ellie are five best friends who have joined the Brownies. Excitement and adventure awaits them all on a weekend stay at Waddow Hall. The Brownie trip is a circus themed weekend with many surprises in store for the girls.  This is the perfect book for young readers who are on the cusp of discovering their own literary preferences. The story isn’t too taxing for young independent minds and features some important messages of friendship and unity.

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In conclusion what we love about circus themed stories is the almost limitless possibilities for adventure, the circus offers a gateway to another world which is appealing to both children and adults. Here at Cuckooland we’re always on the lookout for real comments from real parents, so why not share your favourite children’s story books in the comments section below.

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