Today I am not here… I’m there… Where? I am over at the Lauri’s Stories blog with Lauri Meyers! Mrs. Meyers asked me a question no one has ever asked me before and it was fun to answer it. What was it? You’ll have to click HERE to go THERE and see!
While you’re HERE I may as well do a book review too!
I got this book as a gift . I really enjoyed it because it teaches kids about theater in a fun way.
By Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrated by Tony Walton
160 pages – ages 9+
Published by The Julie Andrews Collection on April 25, 2006.
In a hidden room in the Sovereign theater in New York City is a model of that very theater in miniature! The mice that live in the theater use the model to have their own shows. Although the mini Sovereign is doing well, the human sized one is old, the paint is peeling and the walls are crumbling. What makes things worse is the human sized Sovereign is going to be DEMOLISHED, meaning that the mini Sovereign will be crushed too! If that isn’t bad enough, the star of the show is missing. The little troop of mice decide the show must go on!
The story in this book is very cute. I like the idea of a mini theater hidden in the real-sized one. The mouse characters are really great. The sketchy illustrations throughout the book are very nice and add to the story. What is really nice about this book is that you get a nice story and it also teaches you about the theater. There is a glossary in the back of the book with theater terms and that helps a lot. The length and plot of the story makes it great for younger kids, but there are a lot of characters to keep straight (much like a real theater show) that may make it a bit confusing for some kids. I think it is a great book for any kid who is interested in plays or the theater.
The book was turned into an actual musical that Julie Andrews directed! Click HERE to see clips and highlights of the musical Err… I mean MOUSICAL!
But before you go – guess what?!? Yesterday I officially broke my school’s all-time Accelerated Reader (AR) record (AR is a program lots of schools do – you read books, take a test and get points). 50 points is the goal the school set for your fifth grade year. The school record was 945 points (set by a sixth-grader) yesterday I earned 946.6 points! My goal is to reach 1500 points by the end of the school year! Wish me luck!