Book Review: Gollywood, Here I Come! by Terry John Barto

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gollywood, Here I Come by Terry John Barto
(Started & Finished: December 20, 2015)

When Anamazie isn't twirling a baton, taking an acting class, or attending singing and dance lessons, she fantasizes about being a movie star. One day, after leading the Wattle View School Band in the 4th of July parade, and a few hard knocks, her dream comes true.

Gollywood, here I come! is a success story through the eyes of a young turkey. Take a journey from the small town of Gobbleville to the glamour of Gollywood, as Anamazie becomes a child star.

Lights! Camera! Anamazie! New Children’s Book Tells the Tale of a Young Turkey’s Rise to Cinematic Stardom

Who doesn’t fantasize about becoming a big movie star, living up all the glitz, glam and glory that comes with it? A talented little turkey named Anamazie Marie LaBelle sure does, and her dream becomes reality in the delightful children’s book Gollywood Here I Come!, written by director/choreographer-turned author Terry John Barto.

Growing up in the small town of Gobbleville, Anamazie studied acting, singing and dancing while basking in the local spotlight as a star baton twirler. Opportunity comes knocking when the competition Gobbleville’s Got Talent gives Anamazie her shot at being discovered. With her mom Henrietta at her back, she makes it all the way to the finals, but falls short of the top prize. That is where her path to stardom truly begins as she is discovered by a talent scout, is cast in her first movie and declares “Gollywood, Here I Come!”

With colorful whimsical illustrations by Mattia Cerato, Gollywood Here I Come! taps into current pop culture trends of TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol; and the public’s fascination with celebrities and movie stars. At its heart, the story leaves young readers with the positive message “You can do anything if you work hard and never give up.”

Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: August 23, 2014
Source: Authorhouse through Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads

Have I told you that I love reading children's books and good thing, I gave 'Gollywood, Here I Come!' another chance. My first copy from Netgalley had a problem so I thought I won't be able to read it again. But thank you, Terry John Barto, for sending me a nice copy. I was able to read it today (February 14, 2016).

The story revolves around Anamazie, a talented young turkey, who wants her dream to come true. This book has an inspiring story for the little girls out there who are also aspiring to have a nice future, whether it may be a doctor, a ballerina, a singer, etc. It's a good read to keep them excited about it. Visually, it's colorful, appealing to the kids, and the illustrations are large enough for them to appreciate every detail.

Gollywood, Here I Come! is a good book to read aloud with your children and to bond over before sleeping or after play time. This story has a lesson that encourages the little ones to dream big and to follow their heart.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx

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