What child doesn’t want to be a celebrity?
“If someone wants to be a star in Hollywood, it’s very good if the initials of their first name and family name are the same.” This is what Malki Monro Morduch thinks. Malki is an up-to-date,
down to earth girl. She can’t read well and she can’t write well. She is not particularly smart and not particularly pretty. Malki has one great big rosy dream: to become a famous movie star in Hollywood. So she dyes her hair blond. She has a dog, which really is blond and likes eating and TV, and she calls her Marylin Monro Morduch, because “Three ‘M’s gives them both an even a bigger chance of making it” to Hollywood.
Malki’s dream never comes true for herself, but it does for the dog, big time. One day a limousine draws up outside their house, picks up Marylin and takes her to Hollywood. Malki, the little girl who
doesn’t succeed and isn’t attractive is left behind, to follow her dog’s success from afar. Malki’s parents, her neighbors, and her classmates are doubtful or couldn’t care, but Malki is totally proud of Marylin and carries on living on the edge of the dream. An enchanting and entertaining book.
Illustrations: Batia Kolton