Friday, February 15, 2019

Lights! Camera! Alice!

Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker. Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo. 2018. 60 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Once there was a little girl named Alice, and she lived on stories. Her grand-mere fed her folktales as she stirred the cherry soup. Her nursemaid spun colorful yarns as she helped button up her boots.

Premise/plot: Lights! Camera! Alice! is a picture book of Alice Guy-Blaché. If you've never heard of her then you're in good company. But all shall be remedied with a quick read of this picture book for older readers. The story opens in France...

My thoughts: I found this an interesting read! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves true stories and biographies. I thought the narrative was compelling. Nonfiction books don't "have" to be boring or dull. Facts can come alive on the page in the hands of a good writer. The illustrations are also wonderful.

"The Cabbage Fairy" (1896)
"The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ" (1906)
"The Glue" (1907)
"Madam's Fancies" (1907)
"The Cleaning Man" (1907)
"The Cruel Mother" (1908)
"Falling Leaves" (1912)
"Officer Henderson" (1913)

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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