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Drama School

Drama School

by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom, M. Manning
     
 
What's the history of drama? How does one "act"? Readers find the answers to these questions and many more in this new reference with a kid-friendly approach. With a lively text and full color illustrations, "Drama School" helps kids direct creative energy into fun activities, such as writing a script, creating costumes, constructing puppets, making a movie,

Overview

What's the history of drama? How does one "act"? Readers find the answers to these questions and many more in this new reference with a kid-friendly approach. With a lively text and full color illustrations, "Drama School" helps kids direct creative energy into fun activities, such as writing a script, creating costumes, constructing puppets, making a movie, organizing a rehearsal, and learning to act.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christine Cassello
When I first looked at the title of this book, saw the cover illustration of the children in costume and read the phrase "All you need to put on a show!" I got excited. Flipping through the pages, however, I was not impressed with the layout. I found each page a bit too busy with the many illustrations and captions. Nevertheless, I did find the book easy to read, and it does tell children everything they need to know in order to put on a show, whether a puppet show or a play. The book tells what kinds of materials will be needed to make puppets and a stage for them or to make props and costumes for a play. It describes the jobs that must be done to put on a production, such as director, stage manager, costume designer, stagehand, set designer, sound crew, and others. There are interesting, fun exercises for learning to act. Suggestions and projects are described for each of the crew members. The book even suggests putting up posters, selling tickets and donating the money made to a charity. At the end of the book is a glossary of terms and a certificate of completion. Reviewer: Christine Cassello
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 A large-format book that gives ideas for putting on a show, complete with lots of drawings in bright colors. Unfortunately, each topic is covered in a scant two-page spread. For some subjects, brevity might be the soul of wit, but for complex topics such as stage combat and mime, a three- or four-sentence discussion may confuse readers with no knowledge of theater. The layout is cluttered. Large pictures of children engaged in the activities overwhelm the text, which is set in small blocks around and among the photos. Additional "drama tips" are listed in sidebars, and while the suggested projects are good ones, the directions are often so specific as to stifle true creativity. Drama School might work as a resource for adults to use with children. With the lack of depth in the coverage, however, most youngsters will need to look elsewhere for substantive information. Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753451786
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire, and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom. Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the center for children's books Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have four sons.

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