SAWDUST AND SPANGLES by Ralph Covert

SAWDUST AND SPANGLES

The Amazing Life of W.C Coup
Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Though so sketchy that his death (and the fact that the title is borrowed from his autobiography) isn’t even mentioned, this profile of the indefatigable and once-renowned circus impresario captures the fascination with spectacle that drove him, alone and in partnership with P.T. Barnum, to organize a number of circuses, sideshows and other popular attractions. The authors tally his innovations, which included the idea of a “circus train,” multiple rings under the Big Top and the magnificent New York Aquarium, and then close with a page of further colorful anecdotes. Potter depicts Coup and some of the circus and sideshow acts he presented in broadly brushed, typically stylized scenes, taking him from dazzled small-town lad to nattily dressed showman proudly presenting his array of marine life to viewers. Barnum tends to outshine all of his contemporaries and successors, but here’s at least a suggestion that his story wasn’t the only one. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9351-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2007




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