THE VELOCIPEDE HANDICAP by Louise W. King

THE VELOCIPEDE HANDICAP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In her first book, The Day We Were Mostly Butterflies, Miss King introduced a fluttery headed little heroine named Miss Moppet whose hilarious adventures assumed the aspects of a latter-day Alice in fairy land. As this book opens we find Moppet playing tennis- ""Don't make them go so far from me"" -- with her friend Miss Lillian (the lady truck driver type) while narrator Maurice (interior decorator) idles in the shade. But Moppet's mind is on horses and it's off to the races. Later while Lillian and Maurice are agonizing over their respective jobs- Maurice is devastated over the prospect of doing an entire house in three weeks for an impossible Countess who wants turtles yet and Lillian is pondering the problem of economics vs. mass communication--Moppet is buying a Winner. The winner turns out to be wanted...by a gambling syndicate who pin the tail on Miss Moppet while she eludes them in rare bursts of ingenuity. Then follows a lovely game of hide and seek with the horse, Mr. Coals, as prize. A kidnapping and murder are, in this Case, all part of the fun. Miss King is a real humorist with a rare knack for the little extra touch and the turn of the phrase. And although she was really more at home in the vignette form of the first book, the laughs are here...all the way to the last page.

Publisher: Doubleday