Sunday, February 6, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe No Ordinary Wizard by Grace Norwich

Meet Daniel Radcliffe: one of the richest, most famous teens in the world. Oh and let's not forget that he plays one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time: Harry Potter. But before taking on the role of Harry, Daniel was just an ordinary kid. With five Harry Potter movies under his belt, and the final ones in the works, Daniel has begun to come out of his shell and take on some more eclectic acting roles. Both in film and on the stage. From his favorite band (The Sex Pistols) to his favorite show(The Simpsons), learn everything you ever wanted to know about Daniel Radcliffe and his hot-shot role as the boy wizard, Harry Potter! This biography is complete with brand-new, up-to-date photos and information about everyone's favorite teenage heartthrob!

My thoughts:
My son checked this book out at the school library last week. When he brought it home he said, "Look, it's a new Harry Potter book that we haven't read yet." That opened a whole discussion on biographies and actors and such. We tried reading it together but my kids got bored with it. We made it halfway before it was obvious I was reading it mostly to myself. Out of curiosity I finished the second half by myself, and remarkably quicker since I didn't have to read it aloud anymore! The author seems to do a pretty thorough job of covering Daniel Radcliffe's life from right before he was cast as Harry Potter to about two years ago. Much discussion takes place about the directors of the films in the series and his costars. I'm not sure how indepth it really got, most quotes were taken from newspapers, magazines or online news sources. The author does not seem to have ever actual met the actor which isn't always necessary of course. It also seems as though this book was written more for a female audience as it calls Dan a "babe" more than once. If you have a child who is very into reading the books or more so excited about the movies this book would be a good way to read more. On my own I wouldn't have picked this up, but I have this weird inability to leave books unfinished so after the halfway point I had to keep reading! I guess that is why my TBR shelf is so full, I have a hard time getting rid of books if I haven't finished them yet.

Product DetailsPub. Date: October 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Paperback , 128pp
Age Range: 12 and up
ISBN-13: 9781416967712
ISBN: 1416967710

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