The Jumbo Book of Drama

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Filled with fun and entertaining activities to suit the needs of the class clown, the wallflower or the natural-born actor, The Jumbo Book of Drama will help kids discover and hone their dramatic abilities. With 200 pages of theater games, plays, sample scripts, costume ideas, a glossary and more, this book provides all the inspiration they'll need to really get their act together!
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Overview

Filled with fun and entertaining activities to suit the needs of the class clown, the wallflower or the natural-born actor, The Jumbo Book of Drama will help kids discover and hone their dramatic abilities. With 200 pages of theater games, plays, sample scripts, costume ideas, a glossary and more, this book provides all the inspiration they'll need to really get their act together!
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
This may have been written for children, but adults who work with young people will find the book immensely useful. A worthwhile addition to drama collection in school or public libraries.
Quill & Quire
[This is a real achievement: a hugely useful book for any aspiring thespian.
Publishers Weekly
The Jumbo Book of Drama by Deborah Dunleavy, illus. by Jane Kurisu, covers a number of dramatic techniques and methods, including mime (and the requisite application of white-face), mask making and culturally based dramatic forms (such as Japanese Noh or Italian commedia dell'arte), as well as puppetry and more familiar stage theater. The invitingly designed volume also presents numerous sample monologues and scripts, plus acting exercises and set design suggestions. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Readers can learn all about the theatre arts through this highly illustrated title. It includes sections on all aspects of performing, including clowning, readers' theatre, mime, and even puppet theatre. Each section includes a brief history of a particular art and then provides step-by-step instructions and scenes for performing. Children can learn all about their inner clowns, create sound effects, play villains or heroes, perform a comedy routine, or perform Shakespeare. In addition to the scene scripts, ideas are included for costumes and props. The suggestions are all easy to make and low-cost. Common theatre terms are explained along the way. If a child has a yen for performing, this book serves as a great introduction to the art of the theatre. The exercises also serve as wonderful vehicles for children to boost their imaginations and work creatively with others. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 7 to 12.
—Patricia Silverberg
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This concise introduction is sure to motivate young actors and give them the chance to explore both the performance and design elements of the theater. The book is divided into four parts. Act I covers physical movement (mime, masks, clowning, and dance drama); Act II focuses on voice (puppetry, readers' theater, and radio plays). Act III delves into the characters and plots of melodrama, comedy, and tragedy; and Act IV goes behind the scenes to investigate sound, lights, costumes, set design, and props. Each section begins with a brief explanation of its scope, followed by a short history of the relevant art form, specific activities and exercises pertaining to the topic, and a scene that combines ideas presented in the previous exercises. The delightful watercolor cartoons are both decorative and informative and add much to the text's light tone. Since the author is Canadian, some of the references may be unfamiliar to U.S. readers, but this does not mar the book's overall appeal. Though visually more inviting, Dunleavy's exercises are not explained as fully as those in Lisa Bany-Winters's On Stage! (Chicago Review, 1997), and some of the scripts she includes are not as interesting as those in the earlier title. Nevertheless, The Jumbo Book will appeal to less-experienced thespians who want a taste of what the theater can offer.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553370086
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Jumbo Books Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 7 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Dunleavy is an award-winning author, storyteller and musician. The Jumbo Book of Music and The Jumbo Book of Drama draw upon her wealth of experience as an arts facilitator. Deborah lives in Brockville, Ontario in the heart of the 1000 Islands.

Jane Kurisu is an illustrator whose books include The Sleepover Book and The Jumbo Book of Gardening. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    awesome

    I think this book is great it made me and my friends want to put on a play. Oh and I LOVE the movie War of the worlds with Tom Cruise and I wondered what was the real story behind it and I read it in the Jumbo Book of Drama!!! Get it it's great!!!

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