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Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite
Billie Shakespeare by Cathy McGough is about a mouse who has a dream of becoming an actor. Billie and her three-generation mouse family live under the theater, so she can watch plays from under the seat. She has a Hamlet costume and a sword and has memorized the lines of the play. Besides the mouse family, the other important character is Jamie, Billie's human friend, who can shrink herself down to mouse size and also watch the plays from under the seat. Then comes the day when the play might be canceled because the actor who performs Hamlet is sick. Jamie grows back to full size and speaks to the director. Jamie insists that Billie can do it. Billie's chance has come and she is able to realize her dream of becoming an actor. She and Jamie remain friends for life.
I thoroughly enjoyed the children's book Billie Shakespeare by Cathy McGough. I loved the cute pictures of Billie and the rest of the three-generation mouse family. Young readers will get an enchanting introduction to live theater from this book. I enjoyed the flow of the rhyming words. I think the friendship between Billie and Jamie is heartwarming. Jamie supports and encourages Billie, which helps Billie fulfill her dreams. I like knowing that even after Billie's success as an actor, she and Jamie can remain friends. I really loved this delightful magical tale of two friends. I think children will enjoy this picture book.