The Weston Library announced today the appearance of children’s author/illustrator, Clare Pernice, during their Thursday Storytime on April 19 at 11:00 am. Pernice will bring her exciting “Day at the Circus” program to Weston’s younger set; the author will read from the book she penned and illustrated, Circus Girl, then invite children to create a circus puppet of their choice. The circus-themed Storytime will be followed by a book signing where attendees can purchase a personalized copy of Circus Girl. The program is free and registering online via westonpubliclibrary.org is encouraged. The Weston Public Library is located at 56 Norfield Road, Weston.
Born and raised in England, Clare Pernice’s passion for children’s books took root while influenced by Roald Dahl (who visited her school), and her witty story-telling father. Pernice took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design and went on to graduate from London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. She has since illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston and New York. She has also designed children’s books, clothes, toys, & murals, and has created costumes and props for film and stage.
But Pernice’s true love is writing and illustrating picture books, of which Circus Girl is her first. Circus Girl is the tale of a young girl who morphs into a superstar -- the main attraction -- in a circus of her own. Pernice’s picture book combines playful text with whimsical watercolor images, capturing the girl’s imagination of tumbling, flying, juggling, and spinning across the pages. The little girl’s family of toys help her create a dream-like circus show before she falls fast asleep.
“Circus Girl was inspired my childhood, my two children, and all children who love to play dress up and make-believe,” said Pernice.
The author’s future written and illustrated titles with Simply Read books include The Real Mother Goose and Adventure Boy.