Gollywood, Here I Come! tells the story of a talented, young turkey. Anamazie and the LaBelle family live in Gobbleville. The father is the mayor of the town and the mother is the star of local community theater. The townspeople love to come out and watch her perform at the Korn-a-Plenty Theater. The LaBelle's have two children. Little Tom, their son and oldest child, seems to always be in trouble and frequently appears before Judge Jinny. Anamazie, the youngest child, loves her mother and wants to follow her example by becoming an actress. This story brings children ages five to eight through their adventures as she sets about to follow her dream.

Anamazie and Her Dream

Anamazie is a very busy young turkey. She participates in singing, dancing and baton twirling lessons in hopes of reaching her ultimate dream of becoming a movie star. The realization that she wants to become a movie star comes to her one day while she is leading the Waterville Marching Band down the street. As much as she loves her hometown and being a part of its parades, Anamazie sets her sights on Gollywood.

Anamazie encounters many frustrations on her way to Gollywood. She didn't plan on any of them and is tempted to give up on her dream. Instead, she finds the strength to push on and go after the thing she wants most in life. This story teaches young school-aged children that they can do the same, regardless of the profession they seek. The book's message of hope and perseverance will serve children well in any situation.

Townspeople are Skeptical

Gobblesville is a small town where everyone knows each other and they all work hard at what they do. The turkeys who inhabit Gobblesville are business people, hairdressers, police officers and everyday moms and dads who believe in the power of community. All of them are skeptical of Anamazie and her desire to make it big in Gollywood. To them, Gollywood is a big city where people don't look out for each other like they do in Gobblesville. Eventually, Anamazie's community learns that to love her means supporting her in making her own dreams come true.

Meet the Voice Behind the Story

Terry John Barto is a children's author who worked in many different creative capacities before he started writing. Some of these include creating action figures, writing screenplays and working as a creative director for Wings of Dreams Productions. His stories are popular with young grade schoolers because they care about the characters and can identify them. Mr. Barto knows that this is the single most important thing he can do to get children interested in reading.Gollywood, Here I Come! is Terry John Barto's first published children's book. It is available in paperback format as well as an eBook. The author's second book is Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon.

Illustrations by Mattia Cerato

- Anamazie

Meet Author Terry John Barto

children's books about movie stars, children's books about child stars, kids books about actors

Gollywood, here I come! is Terry's big debut. What began as Gobbleville U.S.A. blossomed into a children's book featuring one of the kids. There are zany characters in Gobbleville and among them is Anamazie, who dreams of being a movie star in Gollywood.

My mom says you can do anything if you work hard and never give up!