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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."