Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book for Any Kid Who Has Wanted to Be On Stage

I never fancied myself a kid who could do musical theater.  One listen to my less than melodic voice and the reasons are quite clear.  However, I remember listening to Sound of Music on my turntable (yes turntable) for hours on end, memorizing every song down the slightest detail.

Well the book I am profiling today is for kids who can see themselves up on stage, or at least can dream.  They are enamored with the arts or at least intrigued enough to understand how someone can be so passionate about a Sondheim production!

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Title: Jack & Louisa: Act 1

Authors: Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead

Target: Grade 3-6

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Jack was an actor on Broadway … yes that Broadway.  Louisa is a Musical Theater Nerd (MTN) who dreams of being on The Great White Way.  When Jack’s voice changes and he looses a plum role, his father is free to take his dream job in Ohio.  Not a big thrill for Jack, but Louisa is beside herself that another MTN is in the neighborhood.  As Jack wrestles with finding his confidence, Louisa must contain her desire for a compatriot to star with her in the community production of Into the Woods.

Why I love this book: 
This is a lovely story.  While the book holds no big surprises, it does share the heartfelt fun of two new friends who are discovering that they both have the same passion and they can support each other in their endeavors.  

It is also a big win if you have a child who loves musical theater.  They will see their MTN passions on display in a big way, and they will appreciate the attention to detail that only a true fan of Broadway can appreciate.

There are lots of references to  the musical Into the Woods.  I was thrilled that the movie was recently released so I felt even the slightest bit “in the know.”

Who this book is for: 
Great book for kids who love musical theater and also for kids who enjoy relationship driven stories.  Nice book for both boys and girls since it is told in alternating voices.

Final thoughts: 
I adore the cover of this book.  The colors and illustrations are spot on - I only wish they carried through to the inside of the book.  It would have made the story all the more charming.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Jack & Louisa: Act 1  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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