The Sweet Potato Circus may be in trouble, and Louise must pull out all the stops in order to save it.
First, Ringmaster Riley gets angry over a malfunctioning cotton-candy machine that is puffing sugary sweetness out of control. Then Louise overhears two circus performers having a whispery conversation about “audience” and “sales down,” and “save it for this…performance.” None of that can be any good! Her mom tries to reassure her, but Louise knows a very important fact: “Sometimes grown-ups do not want kids to know their worry-ish thoughts. They like to pretend everything is fine-fine-fine.” Times are so desperate that Louise gets help from not only her best friend, Stella, but also their sworn enemy, “ferret-breath” Fernando. The three youngsters must come up with a “eureka!-amazing” new act to attract more audience members and save the show. As in previous Louise Trapeze outings, Louise’s overzealous attitude is infectious, but it gets her in a spot of trouble. Lessons on misinterpretation, eavesdropping, and not jumping to conclusions are all learned. Blue tones accent Barrager’s sketch illustrations this time; though there’s no indication about racial diversity in the book’s interior, the cover reveals Stella to be brown-skinned and Louise to be white.
A determined gal with a whole lot of heart, Louise will have fans hoping for a fourth outing. (Fiction. 6-9)