I first came across these gorgeous books when author Mary Anastasiou go in touch on Instagram to see if I would be interested in reviewing them. I’m so glad I took her up on the offer, because both books are absolutely wonderful!
I Want to be a Movie Star
What kind will you be? Pirate Captain? Noble Queen? Superhero? Maybe a Comedian or a star on Broadway? Anything is possible with a little fun and a whole lot of creativity.
Join Evie (and Oscar) as they imagine their way through the magic of movies, theatre and play time.
This book explores the many genres of theatre and acting, it challenges the mainstream idea of fame and teaches little ones that their dreams may come in many different forms if they are open to exploring.
I Want to be a Rock Star
So you want to be a Rock Star?
What kind will you be? A Country Star? A Singer? The leader of a Jazz Band? Join Luke (and Ralphie) as they imagine their way through the magic of music. From country, rap and punk to disco, jazz and rock you’ll discover that all Rock Stars’ dreams begin with just a little imagination.
This book explores the many genres of music, it challenges the mainstream idea of fame and teaches little ones that their dreams may come in many different forms if they are open to exploring.
The text in both of these books is a delight to read aloud! The rhythm of the words flows beautifully, with clever rhymes and some great humour. I love that both books cover a whole bunch of different kinds of acting/music.
The illustrations are so beautiful. I love that there is so much space for them – each scene gets a double spread in the book, with just four lines of text on each spread. The pictures are so bright and colourful, and full of movement and the same kind of adorable humour as the text.
My favourite thing about these books is the potential for them to spark the imagination of their young readers. The characters in the books are spending their days playing dress-up, and I love that the illustrations give us both a bit of the reality – like a broom as a stand in for a horse – and what the kids are imagining.
These are both sweet and super fun books that I think would be perfect for kids who are into dressing up and make-believe games.
Thanks so much to Mary for sending me copies of your beautiful books to review!
I Want to be a Movie Star and I Want to be a Rock Star by Mary Anastasiou and Anil Tortop
Out now from Larrikin House.
Source: Free copies kindly sent to me by the author
Category: Kids’ picture book, imagination, dressing up, dreams