The Klise sisters have done it again! When Barnabas Brambles is hired as the manager of Sir Sidney's Circus, he believes that he can make lots of money while neglecting the animals and overworking the performers. What he finds out is that all the animals are smarter (and nicer) than he is and that acrobats do not make good train engineers. His plans to make thousands of dollars in just a week are foiled by his own greediness and the crazy antics of the Banana Brothers as they try to steer the train. The poor elephant has sore feet, the lion is sick to his stomach, the acrobats are tired from trying to get the train to the right city on time for the show, and the owner is coming to see how things are going. Mr. Brambles has bitten off more than he can chew. This is a humorous story of a scoundrel that learns to be a better man.
Readers will laugh at an elephant doing a swan dive off the St. Louis Arch, Barnabas being tricked by a "tiger" salesperson, and a lion getting his stomach pumped after eating moldy pizza. They will also love Bert and Gert's silly commentary and their invented words like "vully" which is a vulgar bully. Great as a read-aloud or for quiet reading on your own.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.