MISTER PENNY'S CIRCUS by Marie Hall Ets

MISTER PENNY'S CIRCUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Apparently Mr. Penny's menagerie had become so famous (1956, J-198) that two circus fugitives, Olaf the bear, and Suzie the chimpanzee, found their way to it one cold winter's night. In an attempt to add these two newcomers to his ""home"", Mr. Penny takes the whole gang to the circus where they watch trained animal acts, join a few, and wait for the news that Olaf and Suzie could at least spend the winter with Mr. Penny. Back home again, the two ""professionals"" instruct everyone in the art of circus cut-ups and all display their talent. In ""Mr. Penny's 2 Penny Circus"", the highlight of the county fair. Their hang up success results in a permanent place for Olaf and Suzie among the happy members of Mr. Penny's ""family"". Miss Ets olletts a warm response to her animals in her gentle black and white drawings though her plot never builds to one satisfying climax, a flaw which weakens the total effect.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1961
Publisher: Viking