Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Just being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

Just being Audrey

I smiled when I saw this lovely cover sitting on the new shelf at my public library.  Our oldest child (a jr at Oberlin now) has a love of all things Audrey and I love her also.  Roman Holiday is one of my favorite films.  Give me a quiet Saturday, a bowl of popcorn, and this movie and I'm set! Hard to believe it was her first film.  Audrey exuded grace and confidence during her life and is a wonderful role model. This beautifully illustrated biography shares Audrey's spirit with everyone.

While I've adored her movies I've never read a biography about her and this picture book shares much about her life.  I did not know Audrey's mother was a Baroness, that she lived in Brussels, or that her family hid during WWII?  The book explains how she changed her interest from ballet to acting and landed a few small roles when she met the French writer, Colette.  Colette thought she would be perfect for her Broadway show, Gigi, which is how Audrey landed in NYC.

Each two-page spread is illustrated with gorgeous drawings.  The text tells just enough to keep us interested with out tiring out young readers and the illustrations match each segment perfectly.
I'm so happy I picked this one up!

Find the author, Margaret Cardillo here.
Watch this simple video as it shares the outstanding artwork by Julia Denos and visit her adorable blog, The Cinnamon Rabbit.


bermudaonion said...

Hepburn had such style and grace. This book looks lovely - I adore the illustrations.

Nan said...

Thank you, thank you! Just wrote to my library and asked them to ILL it.