A circus story, despite the fact that most of the action takes place in a boarding house for ex-circus folk, run by the...

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HIDDEN TRAPEZES

A circus story, despite the fact that most of the action takes place in a boarding house for ex-circus folk, run by the one-time glamorous snake charmer. Robin is taken to Brooklyn and left there when his uncle, sole survivor of the family trapeze troupe, rejoins the circus, warning Robin that he must keep feet on the ground. But Robin is air minded (in the trapeze artist sense) and every spare moment is spent in the practice room rigged up behind the bakery, where an ex-trapexe man trains him to perfection. There are some amusing incidents as the panorama of the boarding house unfolds; a pet snake goes down the drain- or so they think; the maid of all work has her life career cut out for her when she compensates for a lost husband by devoting her abilities to training a pair of seals; and various members of the household milk their soft-hearted landlady down to her last cent. Robin- through a circus man -- and his own act- saves the day, and the story ends with Robin and the seals in their chosen niche of circus fame, and the boarding house safe again in its lady's hands. One could wish that illustrations had been omitted completely, for those supplied by Raisie Lonette are so bad that they will definitely hurt a very good story.

Pub Date: Aug. 24, 1950

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1950