Stage Fright


Children - Picture Book
42 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2018
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Author Biography

Trisha B. Perez is a humble wordsmith, creative enthusiast, wife, and mother of two children. She was born and raised in Southern California and now lives in Western Washington.

Trisha wrote her first story when she was 7-years-old. When she was a teenager, she enjoyed writing poetry and freestyling (rapping) in cyphers. She spent the next ten years sharpening her communication in writing through journaling. Today, Trisha finds great joy in expressing her love of story through her children’s series, The Adventures of Josie & Bud™.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Stage Fright by Trisha B. Perez is the story of a little girl named Josie who wants to audition to sing at a school talent show. In the shower and all other private places, Josie thought she was a talented singer. In public, she would freeze up and in her bouts of nervousness she'd imagine everyone saying she was horrible (and even throwing tomatoes at her). She even worried she'd be so nervous that she'd fart on stage. Her best friend Bud is fearless. About him, it's said, "The two of them were opposites and that’s okay, because their friendship is what mattered at the end of the day."

Stage Fright by Trisha B. Perez is a cute picture book that might be of use to parents with shy children. Using animals as the children - Josie is a monkey and Bud is a dog - was a nice touch as (I feel) it helps young readers to hear the message and relate better, particularly when children who look nothing like them are depicted. Animals make an excellent substitution. The narrative is lyrical and often funny, and the illustrations, created by Anthony Rollins, are folksy and fun. Ultimately it's the positive and encouraging theme that steals the show when Perez closes the story with important words of wisdom that every parent and guardian wants their children to know: "Josie left no room for negativity, not even a thread, because the hardest part of success is all in your HEAD."

Ryan

Stage Fright is a refreshing story about two best friends. My son loved Stage Fright and identified most with the main character's best friend Bud. Bud is an outgoing English Bulldog who "lives life without fear." The thing I loved most about this story is that there are many discussion points. My son is 10-years-old and although that may seem a little old for picture books, this book has many layers, while remaining age-appropriate. We were able to discuss matters of emotional intelligence, hard work, friendship, and even goal setting! This story kept my son's interest all the way to the end and he even made me promise we would continue to follow the series, The Adventures of Josie and Bud! Reading can definitely feel like pulling teeth with my son at times, but that was NOT an issue this time with Stage Fright!