Anamazie Mare LaBelle is a star in Gobbleville, USA. She sings, she dances, she twirls baton - surely she'll win Gobbleville's Got Talent. But Edith Winkmeyer won. Her dream of becoming a movie star in Gollywood is dashed. Or is it? After the show, a talent scout invites Anamazie to a screen test. Gollywood, here she comes!
Although this is a story about Anamazie's dream to be a star, there is also great information about how movies are made. The text covers some of it, but the illustrations have plenty of "unspoken" material, too. Also, the story is a chance to talk about dreams and hard work, feelings (disappointment, elation), and change.
7 to 10
5 to 9
Borrow, at least. Anamazie is adorable and there is plenty to explore with the illustrations. This is a book that young readers may come back to when they're a little older to get some of the subtleties of the book.
What struck our 12-year-old about the book were the beautiful, bright illustrations. She kept ooh-ing and aah-ing over all of the characters ("they're so cute") and she spent more time looking at the scenery and all of the activity going on in the illustrations than reading. Overall, she said it was a "good book for kids."
Adorable. I have to agree with my daughter - the colors are so positive and happy. There are some great references that adults are more likely to get than kids, and some great information about how a movie is made. My only wish was that Henrietta Pearl (Anamazie's mom) was toned down. She was too stereotypical for my taste, and I would rather have seen her as a "partner" with her daughter rather than pushing her from one activity to the next.
Fun illustrations and a happy ending will engage readers of all ages to enjoy Gollywood Here I Come. Kids will be asking to visit Gobbleville to watch the parade.
None, really. The story moves quickly from losing Gobbleville's Got Talent to becoming a movie star, which may cause some readers to miss some of the story's subtext.