Practice makes perfect. And for a little girl facing her first recital of "Dance of the Wood Elves," so do artistry, imagination (those wood elves sure love to dance!), and lucky underwear for good measure. Is she nervous as she waits and waits for her turn on stage? Hoo boy, no! She’s as cool as a cucumber! Every child who has felt the pressure of the spotlight will smile at this comical tale of bravado that turns a onenote performance into an improvisation worthy of a standing ovation.
Splendissimo! From the duo of Alison McGhee and Scott Menchin comes a hilarious tale of a first recital -- and a charming ode to chutzpah and creative flair.
Kirkus Reviews- McGhee never allows an iota of self-pity or frustration to dampen her heroine's good humor…Splendissimo. Horn Book- McGee's narrator is likeable despite the humor-laced bravado that makes her all the more sympathetic when stage fright strikes. School Library Journal- "This first-person narrative strikes just the right note, revealing feelings and concerns that will be familiar to any child who has ever been in a performance situation." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books- There's rueful humor in her plight, and readers will find relief in her creative rising to the stressful situation.