Action!: How Movies Began

Action!: How Movies Began
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August 23, 2022
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In this “stunning” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) picture book, award-winning nonfiction creator Meghan McCarthy tells the story of how motion pictures came to be invented and the story of the many people who helped create them.

Movies take us on adventures, introduce us to new worlds, and make us feel, but how did they start?

In her trademark easy-to-follow narrative voice, this fact-filled picture book tells the story of the evolution of movies and the people who worked hard to create them—both on-screen and behind the scenes. In fascinating detail, she shows how early photography capturing motion became silent films, which led to the first color films and how those building blocks allowed for the inspiring movies of today.

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This was such a neat book! It was a great introductory to cinema/film history. The authors note was fantastic addition at the end, to delve deeper into this history.

I felt the writing was a bit slow, or not as lively as some other children's books. The style did not hold my five year old's attention too well - but it is fine for older children.

I rather enjoyed the illustrations. They are more cartoon-ish versions of well known (and some not too well known) movies. I loved how the author went back to the 1800s and gave us a glimpse of the first cameras created. Not only a history lesson, but a little bit of a science one too!
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