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TROTTERS GRAND CIRCUS OF ANIMAL SINGULARITIES A counting book by and for playful creatures everywhere

TROTTERS GRAND CIRCUS OF ANIMAL SINGULARITIES A counting book by and for playful creatures everywhere

My illustrations have been created to form part of a picture/counting book for young children but with a twist. We are introduced to numbers through the exciting world of a circus run by and for animals. All the acts represent a colourful insight into their world and introduce counting through a style inspired by the Victorian era.

ONE Majestic Ringmaster will guide you through the Extravaganza with Aplomb and Exqusite Efficiency.

TWO: That Extraordinary Pair, Bruno Wood and Tommy Cave, the Biggest, Strongest Bears in the World, will lift a Hippo as big as a House.

The THREE Tremendous Travelling Turtles will Tumble from Terrifying Heights into a Tiny Tank. Will they Survive?

Our FOUR Fabulous Juggling Sea Lions will Perform Feats of Prodigious Skill with Balls and Skittles amid fun and laughter for All!

All the way up to twenty, then 50 Marvin, the Marvellous Millipede will display his Extraordinary Wellington Boot extravaganza.

And finally 100: Now feast your Eyes and dim the Light, a hundred Fireflies shine out bright. They look like stars up in the sky, but look, those stars have learnt to fly.

Predominantly this is quite simply a colourful counting book, however, there are several things I wanted to introduce children to through my illustrations: counting, new words, colour, animals, countries of the world, and the imaginary (mythical and extinct animals of the past from one act). In my book the animals are in control and so not depicted in the way we are used to seeing animals from the Victorian Circus era but I wanted to maintain the style of that time, and the beautiful typography and graphic design used historically in posters and artworks.

My aim was to create a book that can appeal to children from a young age, but one that they could return to again and again, with a view to learn new words but ultimately how to count in a fun setting.

Trotters Circus posters
ONE Majestic Ringmaster will guide you through the Extravaganza with Aplomb and
Marvellous Marvin The Millipede's Amazing Wellington Boot Extravaganza