by Hannah Carmona
illustrated by Adriana Predoi
* Reading Age: 6-8 years
* Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
* Pub. Date: August 1, 2023
* ISBN-10: 1631637290
* ISBN-13: 978-1631637292
* Language: English
Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect (ISBN: 978-1-63163-734-6)
Maria and Mateo are eager to start rehearsals for the school play, but it turns out that rehearsing is not always easy or fun. Can they put in the work to make a crowd-pleasing performance?
Lights, Jazz Hands, Action (ISBN: 978-1-63163-738-4)
With only one day to go before the school-play performance, the lead actor falls sick and Mateo must take his place. Can Mateo and Maria work together to save the show?
Curtain Call (ISBN: 978-1-63163-742-1)
With the help of Mateo’s siblings and neighborhood friends, Maria and Mateo discover another side of theater as they direct their own production.
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Maria and Mateo are both second graders who are talented and love being up on stage. It's audition day and both are extremely excited to try out for a part in their school play.
When it's Maria's turn she gets so nervous and scared that she experiences stage fright. Oh NOOOO! Her loving teacher kindly steps in to help her. She teaches Maria a wonderful life lesson. Stage fright can happen to anyone and the art of improvisation can save the day!
I love the diversity of the students and that the author includes Spanish words throughout the story. The beautiful illustrations are vibrant, full of emotion, and relatable. There is a glossary at the back which gives additional information. I love the book and highly recommend it!
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Hannah Carmona is the best-selling picture book author of Anita and the Dragons, Dazzling Travis, and Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me! She started out as a stage actor, with a BA in theater from Western Kentucky University, and went on to direct children’s theater for many years after. Now, when Hannah is not writing, she narrates audiobooks and spends time studying herbal medicine. Hannah lives in Tennessee with her two daughters and dog who thinks he's a cat.
About the Illustrator
Adriana Predoi grew up in Romania where she studied mural art in high school and later earned a BA in Fine Arts. She now focuses on children’s illustration and works from her home studio in London. Her style is whimsical and features a touch of magic. She gets inspiration from plants, nature, and best of all, books! In her free time, she loves reading fiction, writing stories for children, and making a total mess in the kitchen.
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