A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the many people and talents it takes to put on a theatrical production: from the box office ticket sellers and inside program passers, to the people who handle the props, lights, and costumes, to the the stagehands, musicians, singers, and actors, even the ushers with their flashlights.
It's fun to go to the theater. It's nice to have a special time out with a parent.
Positive Role Models
Lisa and her mom are African American, and the lead actor playing Mother Goose has brown skin. The audience, actors, staff, and musicians are diverse. Lisa's mom is kind, patient, loving to Lisa, and that's how Lisa treats Corduroy. Corduroy is curious and independent, though that sometimes gets him in trouble. Lisa reinforces the joy of theater after she's back home, putting on a show for Corduroy in her bedroom and reading to Corduroy from the playbill (or program).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that actress Viola Davis' lively Corduroy Takes a Bow is based on characters created by Don Freeman, who wrote the classic Corduroy and its two previous sequels. Now, on the occasion of that book's 50th anniversary, illustrator Jody Wheeler gives updated looks to Lisa and her mom, and the whole design, feel, and story is fresh and upbeat as we experience Lisa's first time at the theater -- and Corduroy's, too. When he accidentally slips off Lisa's lap, he crawls toward the stage and ends up onstage during the performance! The actors are OK with it, and Lisa is happy to reunite with him backstage after the curtain call. Lisa and her mom are African American, and there's diversity in the audience, staff, actors, and backstagers too, which makes this an excellent choice for families looking for books with diverse characters.
Is It Any Good?
This lively sequel is true to Corduroy's curious nature and independent streak, his warm friendship with Lisa, and the loving bond between Lisa and her mom. It has the added dimension of capturing the excitement of a kid's first time at the theater. Generations of readers have enjoyed the original three Corduroy stories. Now today's readers get a new one from an award-wining stage and film actress who weaves in the many different people responsible for putting on a theatrical production -- from the folks who handle the props, lights, and costumes, to the stage manager, stagehands, musicians, singers, and actors, even the ushers with their flashlights, guiding ticket holders to their seats. Corduroy Takes a Bow would be a great book to share with a young kid before going to see a performance of "The Nutcracker," a concert, or even a school play.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.