The ever-imaginative little character, Simon, dreams of being the ringmaster of a circus. In a cardboard box he creates a circus with his animal friends, but his efforts to stage the show are frustrated. When he acts as lion tamer to a paper lion, a goat tries to eat the star attraction. When he tries to walk a tightrope, he is foiled by a flock of tame birds.
As usual his sensible friend, Marlene, comes to the rescue. Her common-sense advice saves the day and Simon creates a circus that will never be forgotten.
Gilles Tibo has written or illustrated over seventy children’s books, including the Simon series by Tundra Books, the Pikolo series by Annick Press, the Clementine series by Michel Quintin publishers, as well as texts for the Noémie series published in French by Éditions Québec/Amérique. He has created over a hundred posters and screen prints for theatre and for different cultural events. His illustrations can also be seen on the covers of records, novels, and magazines. He was a Canada Council Fellow and recipient of many awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration — French for Simon et la ville de carton (1992). The Simon series has been published in Japanese, Norwegian, and bilingual Chinese/English editions. Gilles Tibo lives in Montreal.
Praise for Gilles Tibo’s Simon Books:
“…truly insightful little books celebrate the creativity and imagination of young children.” –Today’s Senior
Simon books have won The Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration and The Owl Prize in Japan; and were chosen for the prestigious Illustrators’ Exhibit in Bologna, Italy.