Extraordinary Jane

Extraordinary Jane

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780803739147
  • 40 Pages
  • Dial Books
  • 3-5 years


For anyone with a beloved pet, this delightful and heartwarming story set at the circus shows that quiet qualities like friendship, kindness, and loyalty are important and worthy.
Jane is an ordinary dog in an extraordinary circus. She isn’t strong, graceful, or brave like her family. When she tries to be those things, Jane just doesn’t feel like herself, but she also doesn’t feel special. Is she really meant for this kind of life? Her Ringmaster thinks so, but not for the reasons Jane believes.
Ordinary can be extraordinary!


Winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award for Illustration 

* “This is an exceptionally polished first book. Harrison’s acrylic paintings, which blend realistic animal portraits with a charmingly old-fashioned circus setting to very funny effect, are the star of the show, but her understated storytelling and pacing are equally on the mark.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “A touching, delectably illustrated circus story that applauds the underdog.” —Kirkus, starred review

* “In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.”  —School Library Journal, starred review
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