Saturday, November 21, 2015

Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless (Almost) by Micol Ostow -- ADVISABLE

Ostow, Micol Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless (Almost), illustrated by Brigette Barranger. 102 pgs. Random House, 2015. $14.99. Content: G.

As the daughter of two trapeze artists in the circus, seven-year-old Louise cannot wait to fly through the air while performing her own tricks. She's willing, she's talented, and she's totally fearless. Except that when she does finally get the chance to climb to the high wire, she discovers that she has a teeny tiny problem with heights. She's too ashamed to admit her terror to her fellow circus people, however, and the coverup causes more problems than she ever anticipated.

Louise's voice is approachable, honest, and humorous. The story and accompanying illustrations provide interesting insights into circus life. Louise makes some understandable mistakes, and her growth throughout the novel is endearing and fairly realistic. All in all a nice start to a new series.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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