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Keep Your Eye on the Kid by Catherine Brighton
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A tantalizing look into the life of Buster Keaton and how he became a movie star in the 1920s. This picture book biography briefly tells the reader about the childhood and eventual film success of Keaton from his own point of view. From being sucked out of the window by a tornado to being tossed bodily across the stage by his father as part of the act, Keaton's childhood leads him directly to his movie career.

Being written in the first person gives this book an immediacy and inherent ring of truth. That is needed, because so much of his life is easy to disbelieve. The illustrations are the true star of the book, using a style that evokes the feel of the 20s. They offer unique vistas of not only the stage and movie sets but also the streets of the time. Giving readers their own feeling of flying through the air at times, they are the perfect accompaniment to this true story.

Though I have watched most of Keaton's films, I knew little of his childhood and his theater background. It was great to learn more and wonderful to see that Keaton is being presented to another generation of children who can watch in disbelief as he risks his life time after time on the set. Recommended for ages 7-10.
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