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by Ruzzier, Sergio, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j RUZ
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She dances, sings, acts, and performs acrobatics, but no one knows because Amandina is terribly shy. Determined to change that, she rents a run-down theater and prepares to give the show of her life. She builds the sets, makes the costumes, and, most importantly, invites everyone in town. When the night of the big performance comes, Amandina nervously opens the find all of the chairs empty. Disheartened, she performs anyway, not realizing that she does have an audience member--a very tiny one--who is about to make a big difference in Amandina's life.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "No one knows that shy Amandina, a lonely little dog, loves to act, sing, dance, and perform acrobatics. Determined to share her talents, she rents an old theater, repairs it, builds sets, makes costumes, practices her pieces, and puts up posters around the town. Though the curtain rises to reveal empty seats, the show goes on. Amandina's opening act astonishes a little cockroach, who calls his animal friends, who call their friends, who fill the seats and greet her finale with wild applause. This quiet picture book features a simple text telling a simple story, illustrated with understated pictures that appear to be ink drawings with watercolor washes. The style of the artwork combines quirky originality with innocent charm. If Amandina's shy nature makes her a sympathetic character, her determination to carry on in the face of disappointment makes her a heroic one, and children will take heart from her final triumph.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Amandina Goldeneyes, a shy, lonely, long-eared dog, is a talented performer, "but nobody knew that, because nobody knew Amandina." Amandina decides to rent the rundown Teatro Ventura "in the old town" and spruce it up. She designs costumes, sets and props for her solo debut, which will involve performing music, acrobatics and the role of Beauty opposite a hinge-jointed puppet Beast. But despite her publicity and promo blitz, despite a marvelous dream the night before, the curtain rises to an empty house. Ruzzier (The Little Giant) creates a haunting intimacy with his watercolors of a centuries-old Italian town (the theater is a tiny Umbrian jewel) and its strangely human-eyed animal citizens, as well as his unvarnished language ("Nobody had come. Sometimes these things happen, and nobody can say why"). Showing a magical insight into the imagination of small children, he allows Amandina an intense sweep of feeling before granting her no less--but no more--than her wish. The mood he casts will resonate, particularly with introspective readers. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dogs -- Fiction.
Bashfulness -- Fiction.
Persistence -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Roaring Brook Press,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Neal Porter book."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 24 cm
ISBN 9781596432369
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