Reviews for Cool Costumes : How to Stage Your Very Own Show

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
In these books, "stage kits" illustrate and describe items needed to create costumes, makeup, special effects, props, and sets, in addition to putting together publicity and production packages. The how-to info for young performers is scattered across the busy pages illustrated with photographs; having everything in one concise volume might have been more useful. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool Performances titles: Cool Costumes, Cool Makeup, Cool Productions, Cool Sets & Props, and Cool Special Effects.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November

Gr 3-6-The skills and crafts demonstrated in this series have application beyond the staging of children's theatricals. The instructions in Costumes will come in handy any time a child wants to dress up for a performance, a party, or for everyday play. Makeup lists good tips for face painting in general, and Sets & Props includes instructions for turning cardboard boxes into all kinds of fun structures. Simple language, colorful page design, and detailed step-by-step photos invite children to gather some easily available household items, apply paint and some imagination, and put on a play-or just play.

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