- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureThis book is part of a series entitled "Scrapbooks of America" that attempts to personalize for young people the effects of certain events in our nation's history. This particular one zeros in on Hollywood and the blackballing of influential leaders of the motion picture industry, particularly writers and producers. This book tells the story is of a young boy's experience as the son of an actor who has been named a communist by an unknown accuser. The boy's mother, also an actor, has supplied names to the House Un-American Activities Committee to protect herself and is still working, while the father is un-employable and has left Los Angeles to return to his childhood home of Salinas, California to work at a drive-in movie. The parents are divorced. Unfortunately, the book is poorly designed. The cover is unattractive. The pink, blue and green page backgrounds are distracting, the bold print of certain words throughout the text is nonsensical—"outburst," "Communist" and "uproar." The actual story itself is second-rate; and if, as the cover information suggests, it is meant as a classroom tool, it will speak to youngsters as more of the attraction of a Hollywood life style than of a shameful period in the history of our country. 2004, Tradition Books/The Child's World, Ages 8 to 12.
— Eleanor Heldrich