Amelia Makes a Movie
Amelia Makes a Movie

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Annotation: Ably assisted by her younger brother Drew, Amelia makes a home video, from writing a script and casting herself as the star to hearing the reviews after their big premiere.
Catalog Number: #24290
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: 32
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-24670-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-18063-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-24670-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-18063-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2007018389
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When Amelia decides to make a movie, she appoints herself both lead and director, and orders her little brother to help with all the behind-the-scenes tasks. After the younger child crashes the middle of her show, Amelia listens to his ideas and they collaborate on a movie that is a hit with family and friends. The bouncing verses tell a simple version of the story (A script's the first thing that we'll need. / We'll choose a cast. I'll play the lead), but Milgrim's quirky signature illustrations add humorous details about the siblings' generally amiable relationship. Presented in comic-strip panels, the film itself provides an engaging story within the story, and gently shows how the project provides a constructive outlet for tensions between the bossy big sister and her little brother. Budding filmmakers may be inspired to follow Amelia's lead after reading this story, which includes details about editing on a computer and burning a DVD.
Horn Book
Amelia grabs a camcorder, rounds up her little brother and family pets, and gets to work making a movie. The rhyming text goes through all the steps in production: "Make the costumes, / Feed the crew / Fix the lights, / And makeup too." At the living room premiere the audience goes wild. Digital cartoon illustrations capture funny character quirks. Glos.
Kirkus Reviews
A little dynamo turns director. With both Mom and Dad occupied, Amelia decides to stay busy by making a video. She enlists the assistance of the family pets, and can't stop her impish little brother from getting involved everywhere. At first she finds his being underfoot an annoyance, but his helpfulness and good ideas win her over. They paint scenery, make props, eat doughnuts and, after some rehearsal, begin filming (shown like a comic strip in multiple panels with dialogue balloons). After the wrap party, Amelia records the soundtrack, edits the scenes and invites the neighborhood over for a screening. Milgrim packs in a lot of content and his digital ink and digital oil pastel illustrations match the bouncy mischief of his rhyming text. Lively fun that could inspire a young cinema auteur. (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly

Reaching out to the YouTube generation, Milgrim (Cows Can’t Fly) introduces a highly organized young auteur. Amelia, her auburn hair in a no-nonsense ponytail, scribbles on a clipboard and lines up shots of her pet dog, cat, rabbit and frog: “A script’s the first thing that we’ll need./ We’ll choose a cast. I’ll play the lead.” As Amelia paints a backdrop and cuts a paper crown for her starring role, her smiling younger brother demands attention. She allows him to join the crew and envisions him staying behind the scenes. Each time Amelia calls, “Action,” Milgrim switches from full-page illustrations to framed comics panels. He works in digital media, yet his draftsmanship suggests traditional pen-and-ink.His casually sketched characters demonstrate the basics of video production, from scripting to staging to animal wrangling to editing. Milgrim also recommends cooperation and spontaneity as things take an unexpected turn despite Amelia’s micromanagement. The brother proves a natural actor and scene-stealer, and with his (and their parents’) input, Amelia diplomatically decides, “Let’s take five, discuss the end,/ rewrite the script, and shoot again.” An entertaining and practical how-to. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 14 While her parents work around the house, Amelia decides to entertain herself by writing, directing, and starring in her own movie. With younger brother as her designated assistant, she sets about the tasks of filmmaking: script, sets, lights, and makeup. The movie, Abra-ca-dabra , appears in comic-strip form and shows Amelia using a magic wand to change animals into other animalsuntil Drew unexpectedly swings onto the set as Super Kid and steals the show. After some discussion, the siblings agree to revise the script and refilm the ending, depicted again in comic-strip panels. Together they create a soundtrack, edit, and premiere the show for their family. Both the appealing cartoon illustrations in digital ink and oil pastel and the limited number of rhymed phrases per page make this a good choice for beginning and reluctant readers. The children's cooperation in creating the project, along with the appended glossary of movie-making terms, may inspire some young filmmakers to use household equipment to produce their own imaginative dramas. Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
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Word Count: 408
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 121529 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q43936
Lexile: 470L

Hollywood, take note: There?s a new talent in town! Amelia does it all? act, direct, write, edit, and even make costumes and scenery?with a little help from her enthusiastic brother and her dazzling dog and cat. Amelia thinks she has everything under control, but anything can happen when the film starts to roll, and stars collide.

Readers will delight in watching the creative process unfold, and will laugh out loud at the kids? funny movie. There?s even a helpful glossary for aspiring filmmakers.

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