This story is so much fun and the animation is magnificent. Now my daughter wants to see Gobbleville on TV. It’s neat to read about the movie making and see a little bit of the process. As a dad, I appreciate the good morals the author included… and all the clever character names....Continua
What a cute book! I especially enjoyed the old Hollywood feel yet it’s so “now” with the references to current reality TV. Any mom would take delight in reading Gollywood to the little ones because of the moral this little turkey conveys in the story.
The morals I picked up from this book are perseverance and dedication. It seemed that the heroine didn’t have such an easy road to stardom. And after she became a movie star, Anamazie was big-hearted to go back to her friends and encourage them to follow their dreams. She is a good role model for her classmates and the reading audience. I think this book is inspirational and thoughtful as well as fun for the kids....Continua
Welcome to Gobbleville, a town literally run by turkeys - and welcome, picture book readers, to the world of Anamazie Marie LaBelle, a marching band majorette who, encouraged by her mother, dreams of becoming famous.
And it looks like she's on her way, because she's a finalist in the 'Gobbleville’s Got Talent' show, and everything is moving on course to fame - until someone else wins.
Anamazie and her mother are more than disappointed until a talent scout solicits her to become part of a film for Gollywood Pictures. So, it's off to the movies and a real studio: and mother and daughter are elated.
There's a lot of underlying humor in this picture book production which will delight adults pursuing read-alouds as well as kids reading on their own: "Then Anamazie waited outside on a bench while Henrietta roosted in a tree….Anamazie twirled with joy. Henrietta fell out of the tree."
Mattia Cerato's large-size, full-page color drawings are fun embellishments to the story line, while its gentle progression avoids the usual ominous atmosphere so many books today seem to feel compelled to inject. It's a pleasure to see success and hard work celebrated for what it is - and Gollywood, Here I Come! is all about achievement and pursuing goals with parental encouragement and support.
Those used to how elements of angst and struggle reach even into early picture book grades will appreciate this positive, upbeat, encouraging story of a mother who encourages her daughter and the success that follows their joint efforts....Continua