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Gollywood Here I Come!

Gollywood Here I Come!

Terry John Barto, author

Mattia Cerato, illustrator

AuthorHouse

1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403

9781496935090 $15.15 www.amazon.com

Written by the director/choreographer of over 200 regional theater productions, "Gollywood Here I Come!" is the illustrated story of a talented young turkey baton twirler named Anamazie Marie LaBelle who becomes a turkey movie star in Gollywood! Appealing to readers ages 5-8, "Gollywood Here I Come!" follows the twists and turns of a typical (turkey) starlet's discovery, preparation, rehearsal, and selected star performance in a Gollywood Studio spectacular production! All the elements of a successful child star's trek to glory are present, presented in the guise of all things turkey. Thus we have Anamazie, her fainting, big fan-mother, Henrietta Pearl, Mr. Albright the agent who discovered her, J. B. Tuttlebaum, the director, and Jake Quigglemap, her touchy co-star. Anamazie learns complex choreography, recites lines, comes for early hair and makeup calls, and endures the production schedule of "The Turkey and I," a big movie hit. Because of her successful new career, Anamazie must say goodbye to her former teacher and old schoolmates at Wattle View School. Henriettta shields her from reporters as she goes back to her old school one more time. Her classmates admire her success and ask if they might be in movies someday too, which Anamazie answers: "Sure! My mom says you can do anything if you work hard and never give up." "Gollywood Here I Come!" is a fine children's book, with turkey-tinted realistic views of some of the sacrifices and experiences included in a leap to fame in the movies. The detailed, humor-permeated racially inclusive illustrations are an invitation to joy and fun for young dreamers and readers.

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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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