Circus School was one of the first picture book texts I ever penned. It originated as an assignment for a writing course I was undertaking at the time. It features Elise the Elephant who is about to fulfil her dream of performing in the circus. She embarks on her first day of circus school bursting with excitement but in spite of her Coach Caroline’s enthusiastic encouragement, soon realises she is not exactly cut out for life in the circus. Or is she? In a delightful twist of reality, Elise is one elephant who can’t wait to join the circus.
This is a bouncy story of self-discovery and tenacity for pre-schoolers featuring oodles of fun word play and exuberant onomatopoeia. It is available as an immersive, interactive storytelling experience on the Pixapops online platform as part of the Kindergo App and also as part of Virgin Australia’s inflight kids’ entertainment program (February 2017). You can now find it listed now in Kindergo’s Book Library from March 2019.
Published: February 2017
Illustrator: Beatriz Mello
Publisher: Like a Photon Creative Kids Content – Kindergo
Format: Digital App + paperback
Ideal for: 3 – 6 years
Type: Immersive, interactive learning, curative App E Book
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Like a Photon Creative Pty, from $14.99
Format: Paperback 20pp
Ideal For: 3 – 6 years Printed version of the online app story