cover image Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless

Louise Trapeze Is Totally 100% Fearless

Micol Ostow, illus. by Brigette Barrager. Random, $14.99 (112p) ISBN 978-0-553-49739-7

Louise is about to turn seven, and her parents are finally letting her perform on the trapeze with them as part of the Sweet Potato Traveling Circus Troupe. But Louise has a “deepest, darkest secret”: “I, Louise Trapeze, am totally one hundred percent afraid of heights!” Ostow dots Louise’s narration with italicized exclamations (Louise’s favorites include “actually” and “Can you even?”) that quickly establish her ebullient personality. Accented with pink, Barrager’s scraggly line illustrations do a fine job of capturing Louise’s enthusiasms and fears, as well as the eccentric circus setting. Ages 6–9. Author’s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. Illustrator’s agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (July)