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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
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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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