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Annabel the Actress Starring in Just A Little Extra Unknown Binding – September 1, 2000

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Grade 2-3-In this series installment, young Annabel doesn't just sit around waiting for her first big break. When she learns that a famous director is shooting some movie scenes in her hometown, she's sure she will be "discovered." Desperate to be noticed among all of the wanna-be extras, she fakes a fainting fit and is assisted by one of the stars. Once in front of the camera, she handles the work well. When the movie is shown on TV, the final version of the scene surprises her, providing a lesson for her future film career. If something is missing from this story, it may be a sense of Annabel's maturation. She's so self-centered and engrossed in her acting career that she's an inadequate friend and tiresome daughter, and there's no sign of any growth in her character. Andriani's pen-and-ink illustrations follow the story closely while they break up the text.
Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2-4. The wanna-be actress introduced in Annabel the Actress Starring in Gorilla of My Dreams (1999) is back with a real chance at stardom. A scary television movie is being shot in Westfield, and a convincing fainting spell on the set lands Annabel a part as a screaming extra in a crowd scene. Although she's disappointed by her performance, she's thrilled to see what a talented director did with her "failure" when the film airs. Chapter book readers will enjoy the fast pace, self-contained chapters (called "scenes"), moviemaking references, and funny dialogue. They'll also like audacious Annabel herself. Line drawings by Renee W. Andriani reflect the humor of the story, focusing on its irrepressible star. Conford captures the daydream of every child with acting aspirations. Catherine Andronik
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Series: Annabel the Actress
  • Unknown Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689814054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689814051
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,203,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 19, 2000
Format: Unknown Binding
These are great stories for early chapter book readers. (There's another earlier title in the series). Annabel reminds me a lot of the Junie B. Jones books, only she's not so smart-alecky. I admire her becasue she wants to be an actress, not a movie star, and she's willing to do the work to achieve her goal. She's a girl with a lot of fortitude and ingenuity. Great role model. Lots of humor.
I'd highly recommend this for second grade readers.
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