15 March 2010

Sir Charlie; Sid Fleischman

Sir Charlie Chaplin Sir Charlie Chaplin by Sid Fleischman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well-written biography, aimed at middle-school students. There was much I learned about Chaplin (that he and Stan Laurel toured together, for example, or that he was unsure of his paternity), and I'm sure that most of this will be unknown to today's students. It may even spark a revival of interest in his films!

Because this was an ARC, I don't know if there will be a "glossary" of the people mentioned, but it certainly would be helpful. Most younger readers today do not know the greats of the silent era (Marie Dressler? Keystone Kops?) and additional information about them will lead to greater understanding of both Chaplin and the era. This is the type of book that would lend itself nicely to a web presence, with links that could help expand on the people, places and events mentioned.

ARC provided by publisher.

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