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The Star reflects the contemporary phenomenon of "fame without substance", a part of our celebrity-soaked culture.
Marion, a wooden doll, her friend Harley and their dog Polka, enter the imaginary World of Fame where Marion becomes a glamorous Star. But she learns painfully that stardom has a use-by-date. Her experience changes her forever but her true friends still love her.
The story explores the superficiality of stardom and the value of true friendship.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781921665059
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Book Review: Star by Felicity Marshall - Reviewed by ~ (27 Jul 2010)
With our TVs sprouting instant stars almost daily with such shows as: Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Australia’s Got Talent, is it any wonder today’s kids crave the limelight? The Star is a timely tale that addresses the reality of fame and shows readers just how one dimensional and fleeting it can be.
Marion has all she can want in friends, Harley and Polka, but she wants more. She wants adventure. She wants fame. So when she finds herself plucked from her quiet life and presented to the man in the hat who promises her the world, she is thrilled beyond imagining. Marion is taught to dance and sing, she is primped and snipped and pressed and before she knows it she is a star! Gone is her old life and gone are her friends. But before long fame takes its toll and Marion begins to fade, her paint to flake. Only now does she remember Harley and Polka, but they are nowhere to be found. What Marion doesn’t realise is that she is destined for the rubbish heap. Already the man in the hat is searching for his new star.
Once again Ford Street has chosen the road less travelled by releasing a picture book for older readers. But don’t be fooled; this story is no less potent for its compact size. The Star is a modern Pinocchio, with the same sinister undertone as the classic.
Marshall’s artwork is detailed and attention-grabbing—particularly the black and white illustrations highlighted with significant splashes of colour. Marshall holds an honours degree in fine arts, has exhibited her work in France and London, and has been short listed for the Chrichton and Western Australian Premier’s awards. Her other published titles include: Sage’s Ark, and You and Me Murrawee.
Although touted for kids 10+, I can see younger children, particularly girls being drawn to this title. The Star is well-written and well-told, but while the dangers of stardom are certainly noteworthy, I do hope kids won’t be put off these aspirations altogether. After all, a life lived without dreams is a life only half-lived.
Felicity Marshall is an Australian author/illustrator with an honours degree in Fine Arts who has exhibited in Australia, UK and France. She has worked in film production for 17 years. Her published books are You and Me Murrawee (shortlisted Crichton Award for Illustration) and Sage's Ark (shortlisted Premier's Book Awards).
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