Synopses & Reviews
Tommy is so excited. His first grade class is putting on a play of Peter Rabbit
and he's sure to get the starring role. But in his enthusiasm, Tommy talks too much in class, and so his teacher decides that he should play Mopsy instead-and Mopsy doesn't have any lines! Tommy is disappointed, but he decides to use what he has learned about "stage presence" in Miss Leah's tap dance class. By reacting to everything Peter does, Tommy ends up stealing the show. It's clear to everyone that he's stagestruck!
Like his bestselling picture books drawn from his own childhood such as The Art Lesson, The Baby Sister, Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs and Tom, Stagestruck is full of the warmth and humor of Tomie's memories, and kids will identify with this hilarious school play based on a favorite story.
"DePaola (26 Fairmount Avenue) takes the stage in this latest story inspired by his childhood memories. For young Tommy, all the world and especially all of kindergarten is a stage. Tommy did such a swell job as Pilgrim John Alden in the class's Thanksgiving production, he's confident he'll play the lead in the spring play, Peter Rabbit. But Tommy's enthusiasm about the role gets the better of him and when his attention wanders and he talks out of turn, Miss Bird relegates him to play Mopsy instead of Peter. Since there are no small parts (only small actors, as the saying goes), Tommy takes it upon himself to use his gift of 'stage presence' and play Mopsy for all the bunny's worth. The hammy result amuses the audience, but not Miss Bird, or Tommy's fellow actors especially the boy playing Peter. Amends are made, and Tommy sets his sights on the next opportunity to take the stage. Gentle humor and realistic childhood emotions abound in this tale of the ups and downs of a budding performer. DePaola's recognizable style of sunny, acrylic paintings spotlighting Tommy's bushy head of dark hair and playfully prominent ears are worthy of an encore. And small panel scenes of Tommy/Mopsy's antics plus his daydreams of spotlights to come are sure to rouse a chuckle from readers. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In his latest picture book drawn from his own childhood experiences, dePaola delivers this warm yet hilarious story about young Tommy, who gets a part in the play "Peter Rabbit" being performed by his first grade class. Full color.