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Fun at the Fair

Written & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
Published by Chronicle Books
4.67 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.8 / 5.0
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What Does Bookroo Think of Fun at the Fair

“Creative page shapes effectively mimic the lively fun of the fair in this simple, short, and sweet board book.”

A first glance at the cover of this board book wonderfully displays bits and pieces of the rides as the differently-shaped pages overlap, mirroring the real-life experience of seeing a fair from afar. The unique amusement park theme is simply portrayed in a few pages with limited text and busyness, highlighting a few favorite attractions found at the fair: a merry-go-round, a train, a roller coaster, bumper cars, swirling swings, a ferris wheel, and different prize and concessions stands (ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy). Ingela P. Arrhenius’ signature illustration style includes attractive colors, minimal but fun inclusion of design, toy-like characters (of a variety of ethnicities) often with rosy cheeks, and a few darling details (e.g. the cotton candy matching the vendor’s hair, the many fun hats included throughout the book, and the numbered bumper cars). Flipping through the uniquely-sized pages allows for a glimpse of upcoming and past visited pages and rides, encompassing you in the fair until you reach the back cover. While non-uniform pages can sometimes be off-putting, they feel intentional in this short, simple, and fun book that captures the zaniness of the fair in its illustrations and book shape.

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Publisher Summary

Toddlers will love exploring all the wonders of a day at the fair in this chunky, tactile board book.

Little hands will thrill at flipping through the uniquely shaped, die-cut pages that overlap to reveal carousels, trains, rollercoasters and all the other fun-tastic sights and sounds of a bustling fairground. Delightfully petite, with light concept-based text and jubilant illustrations, Fun at the Fair is perfect for hands on play and bedtime reading alike.

• The tactile, toylike quality makes Fun at the Fair an irresistible attention-grabber for toddlers. • Decorative and elegantly-designed, this book is ideal for both nursery display and hands-on learning. • Lovers of Scandinavian design will love Ingela Arrhenius’s beautiful, 1950s-inspired art.

Fans of City Block, Main Street Magic, and Ingela Arrhenius’s Animals and Pop Up Things that Go! will love Fun at the Fair.

• Board books for toddlers • Family read-aloud for ages 0–3 • Baby shower gift/home décor

What Kind of Book is Fun at the Fair

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This book is all about fun things to do at a fair. Have you ever been to a fair or an amusement park? What do you remember about it?

  • There are a few noteworthy fair or amusement park activities included in this book. What activity looks like the most fun to you? Which ones would you want to try, and which ones would you not want to try?

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Who Wrote Fun at the Fair

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Ingela P. Arrhenius

Ingela P. Arrhenius is an illustrator and graphic designer with a keen love of 1950s and 1960s design. She lives in Sweden.

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What Do Critics Say About Fun at the Fair

  • “Tiny in both size and number of pages . . . this will fit wee hands easily and will be easy to manipulate . . . It’s a pity the text can’t rise to the level of excitement it promises fairgoers.

    Little hands will enjoy holding this small, chunky book; adult readers can supply their own text.”

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Publication Date:
March 10, 2020

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