Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow

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A trunk full of costumes from Great-aunt Bethesda opens up a whole new world for Beverly. With ease, she can transform into a mad scientist or the queen of Mesopotamia. Soon, Beverly is convinced that theater is her destiny. So when auditions for the school musical are announced, she leaps at her chance.
Will Beverly shine onstage as the lead in Stormy Weather? Will show business be everything she hopes for? In this companion to Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book, Beverly learns that for the brightest of stars, no role is too small.

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Lois and Roland score the two lead roles in the school play Stormy Weather--the Thunder Queen and the Sun King. Disappointingly, our heroine Beverly is stuck playing the Wall and the Shrub. (Worse yet, her only line is "Please stop kicking me.") It is not the chance at stardom for which she had hoped. Still, she decides to give it her all--memorizing everyone's lines, helping build sets and make costumes, and baking cupcakes to sell at intermission. In the end, the Shrub saves the day, whispering cues from behind the foliage when the Thunder Queen forgets her lines. Young readers will see their own hopes and fears in Beverly, who agonizes over and completely blows her audition, but learns, as her parents teach her, that "There really are no small parts." Beverly, created in thick black lines à la Lauren Child or Lucy Cousins, is just as winning as she was in Alexander Stadler's Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book. Comic touches abound in this sweet, compassionate book about a play, perseverance, and the power of a shrub. (Ages 3 to 7) --Karin Snelson

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