The Painted Circus: P.T. Vermin Presents a Mesmerizing Menagerie of Trickery and Illusion Guaranteed to Beguile and Bamboozle the Beholder

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Kids Can Press Ltd, Aug 1, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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The weird and wonderful artistry of award-winner Wallace Edwards brings you The Painted Circus, a showstopper of a book where the eye is tricked, bamboozled, hoodwinked and flimflammed ... but finally rewarded when all mysteries are revealed after the grand finale! P.T. Vermin, ringmouse extraordinaire, ushers patrons into the Big Top to behold 22 astonishing stunts, including Norwegian Marching Ducks, the Spectral Sphere and the Flying Fishtastics, each featuring an eye-opening optical illusion. It's all here --- fabulous phenomena, impossible objects, moving patterns, visual distortions and topsy-turvy geometric illusions!

Each page encourages kids to get into the act by solving the visual puzzles in every image --- and they will delight in spinning, flipping, tilting and making funny faces at the book as they do so. Entertainment for the whole family, Wallace Edwards's tour de force is a work of art that will leave readers spellbound by the power of perception and the magic of imagination.

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User Review  - karinaw - LibraryThing

Personal Response: This is can be read as a picture book to younger kids but really shows a lot of optical illusions. The circus setting is fun and the illustrations have lots of details to look at. A ... Read full review

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User Review  - yarb - LibraryThing

If you like optical illusions, "magic eye" puzzles and generally squinting and holding books at funny angles, this is for you. I can't stand that sort of thing myself. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Wallace Edwards is a commissioned artist, as well as a freelance illustrator for books and magazines. He lives in Yarker, Ontario, near Kingston.

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