Stagestruck

Stagestruck

by Tomie dePaola
     
 

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Tommy is so excited. His first-grade class is putting on a play about Peter Rabbit, and he’s sure to get the starring role. But in his enthusiasm, Tommy talks too much in class, so his teacher decides that he should play Mopsy instead—and Mopsy doesn’t have any lines! Tommy is disappointed until he gets an idea. If he can’t be the star, he can… See more details below

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Tommy is so excited. His first-grade class is putting on a play about Peter Rabbit, and he’s sure to get the starring role. But in his enthusiasm, Tommy talks too much in class, so his teacher decides that he should play Mopsy instead—and Mopsy doesn’t have any lines! Tommy is disappointed until he gets an idea. If he can’t be the star, he can still get the audience’s attention by reacting to everything Peter Rabbit does. But how will Tommy’s mother and teacher react to his performance?

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Publishers Weekly
DePaola (26 Fairmount Avenue) takes the stage in this latest story inspired by his childhood memories. For young Tommy, all the world-and especially all of kindergarten-is a stage. Tommy did such a swell job as Pilgrim John Alden in the class's Thanksgiving production, he's confident he'll play the lead in the spring play, Peter Rabbit. But Tommy's enthusiasm about the role gets the better of him and when his attention wanders and he talks out of turn, Miss Bird relegates him to play Mopsy instead of Peter. Since there are no small parts (only small actors, as the saying goes), Tommy takes it upon himself to use his gift of "stage presence" and play Mopsy for all the bunny's worth. The hammy result amuses the audience, but not Miss Bird, or Tommy's fellow actors-especially the boy playing Peter. Amends are made, and Tommy sets his sights on the next opportunity to take the stage. Gentle humor and realistic childhood emotions abound in this tale of the ups and downs of a budding performer. DePaola's recognizable style of sunny, acrylic paintings spotlighting Tommy's bushy head of dark hair and playfully prominent ears are worthy of an encore. And small panel scenes of Tommy/Mopsy's antics plus his daydreams of spotlights to come are sure to rouse a chuckle from readers. Ages 4-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Tommy's teacher, Miss Bird, has just announced that their class will be putting on the spring play for the whole school. Tommy loves to be the center of attention, and he is sure that he will be a great Peter Rabbit. After all, he was a natural as Pilgrim John Alden in the Thanksgiving play, and he gets lots of practice bowing at the end of his weekly tap lessons. Tommy can hardly wait for Miss Bird to pass out the parts! It is all he can think about—and talk about—for days. Unfortunately, Tommy does much of his thinking and talking during class. Miss Bird is not too happy with his inability to pay attention, and so she does not give him the part of Peter after all. Resigned to the role of Mopsy, will Tommy find a way to make the play fun, anyway? Or will the whole thing be a bust? Tomie dePaolo once again captures the eagerness and enthusiasm of childhood in the character of Tommy, a boy with experiences based on dePaolo's own life. Readers will rejoice in Tommy's stage success, and they are likely to appreciate the mixed response his performance brings. 2005, GP Putnam/Penguin, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green
Kirkus Reviews
DePaola recounts another anecdote from his childhood in this school story that explores the concept of "stealing the show." The main character, Tommy, is very interested in dancing and acting, and he hopes to be cast as Peter Rabbit in the class play. When he's cast instead in a minor role as Mopsy the rabbit sibling, he upstages everyone during the performance, earning lots of laughs and applause, but displeasing his mom and teacher. Tommy has to apologize to his teacher and to the boy who played Peter Rabbit, but he can't forget the laughter and applause and can't wait for his next performance opportunity. Teachers putting on classroom plays of their own will find this story useful, both for its thoughtful exploration of appropriate behavior on stage and for a general introduction to the theatrical experience. As in DePaola's other stories that incorporate his childhood memories, this classroom is a peek back into an earlier time, with boys in knickers and girls in dresses and hair bows, but the emotions of a budding thespian remain the same. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101653845
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/08/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,191,977
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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