THE FABULOUS FLYING FANDINIS by Ingrid Slyder

THE FABULOUS FLYING FANDINIS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Fabulous Flying Fandinis move in down the street from Bobby. At the urging of his parents, Bobby goes for a visit. The Fandinis' big Victorian abode, bereft of stairs or walls, is a grand circus venue. Bobby is urged to give the trapeze a whirl (``No way. I might get a nosebleed'') and, on subsequent visits, invited to breakfast on a trampoline (``I might get queasy'') and jump from a high dive (``I could catch a cold''). Finally he confesses, ``I might look stupid.'' ``Not if we show you how--just ask!'' offer the Fandinis. Bobby relents, dances upon a clothesline, then gets shot home from a cannon in time for dinner. One of the toughest admissions a child (or adult) can make is handled by newcomer Slyder with aplomb, and the nonjudgmental, welcoming atmosphere--the Fandinis are a kindly lot as well as iconoclasts and superb artistes--allows Bobby to let down his guard. Generous good fun, enriched by Slyder's enthusiastic, extraordinarily detailed artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-525-65212-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1996