Title: Amelia Makes a Movie
Author and Illustrator: David Milgrim
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 1.7
Concepts: human resources, jobs
Review: Amelia has a vivid imagination, talents in creative writing and set design, a flair for directing, access to a video camera, computer skills, and helpful family members. Put them all together, and the result is a clever exercise in film production. This book takes the reader from start to finish through the process of making a movie using tools accessible to children in the home. Along the way we get a glimpse of numerous occupations that form the backbone of the filmmaking industry, including actors, writers, producers, directors, costume designers, set designers, make-up artists, cinematographers, and film editors. While the book delivers a serious message about jobs and resources, the tone and cartoonlike illustrations are playful. Children and adults will appreciate this mix of substantive content and humorous delivery.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children