"The story is sibling rivalry at its best!"

Max always plays second fiddle to his sister Francine: “When they play explorers, Francine is the leader and Max carries the supplies.” One day, Max comes up with his own idea to play circus. Immediately, Francine takes over and announces she will be “star of the show” and Max can be her assistant.But little Max isn’t ready to be thrown out of the limelight just yet, and what ensues is a comedic climax fueled by two strong-willed children. As their big top crumbles around them, can these two iron out their differences? After all, the show must go on!Star of the Show is a beautifully rendered picture book illustrated by Tony Weinstock. Filled with rich and vibrant imagery, his renditions pop off the page with humor and emotion.The story, written by author Della Ross Ferreri, is sibling rivalry at its best. Children will easily identify with these two typical kids as they battle one another for control. Come one, come all, and grab yourself a copy. The show is about to begin...

Niki Masse Schoenfeldt 2009 for Curled Up with a Good Kid's Book

...a fabulous children's tale of Francine the Fabulous and Max the Magnificent..."

Written by Della Ross Ferreri and illustrated by Tony Weinstock, "Star of the Show" is a fabulous children's tale of Francine (the Fabulous) and Max (the Magnificent) who decide to present a circus show together. Now in previous playtimes, Max had endured cooperatively in an assisting role while Francine (the Fabulous) had consistently hogged the spotlight as "star of the show." This time Max is determined that it will be different. Though the children have their moments of disagreement and conflict, after a brief separation (initiated by Max who decides he won't play if he never gets to go first, or be other than the assistant), Max and Francine eventually stage a wildly successful circus act cooperatively, with equal billing, and they both do the grand finale! The inevitable punch line comes when Francine (the Fabulous) suggests to Max (the Magnificent) that they play school, and she'll be the teacher. "Okay," said Max. "You can be the teacher...and I'll be the principal (p.36)" The illustrations for "Star of the Show" add to the circus show atmosphere with shadowed exaggerations and darkly colorful stretches of imagination. A combination real/comic book world is subtly suggested, with overtones of melodrama completely appropriate to the themes. "Star of the Show" will appeal to young readers ages 3-8.

Midwest Book Review

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