In the same way as for films the mystery of the flea circus is used by fiction writers to add fear or horror to their stories. The characters associated with Flea Circuses are often sinister or corrupt. However the flea circus is also frequently used for amusement in children's books.
Hector Springs Loose by Shreeve, Elizabeth. Hector, an imaginary
"wumblebug," is evicted from his cozy hole in the ground when a noisy flea
circus moves in. He ventures out in search of a new home and meets up with a
variety of small critters and small adventures.
Fred's famous fabulously fantastical flea circus by Shonagh Rae is a children's
counting book with a magnifying glass. Unfortunately this book is only
available in museums like the British
The Mystery of the Missing Man is one of "The 5 Find-Outers" by
Enid Blyton. Here the Fangio's Famous Fleas have a cart, a crane and a
barrel in their act.
Flea Circus a brief bestiary of grief by Mandy Keifetz is due for release in 2012. "Tim Acree, Brooklyn barkeep's boy, merchant sailor, entomologist, aka Professor Aloysius, flea-circus ringmaster, lies dead, a suicide, at the bottom of a tenement air shaft..."
For non fiction books on Flea Circuses see the references on the