Perfect Picture Book Friday! Lights Camera Alice by Mara Rockliff

Today is another installment of Perfect Picture Book Friday!

Lights! Camera! Alice!: The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker
Written by Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo
60 pages – ages 6+
Published by Chronicle Books on September 11, 2018

Theme/Topic: Women/Persistance/Film/Biography

Opening: “Once there was a little girl named Alice, and she lived on stories.”

Synopsis from Publisher: “Meet Alice Guy-Blaché. She made movies—some of the very first movies, and some of the most exciting! Blow up a pirate ship? Why not? Crawl into a tiger’s cage? Of course! Leap off a bridge onto a real speeding train? It will be easy! Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice saw a potential for film that others had not seen before, allowing her to develop new narratives, new camera angles, new techniques, and to surprise her audiences again and again. With daring and vision, Alice Guy-Blaché introduced the world to a thrilling frontier of imagination and adventure, and became one of filmmaking’s first and greatest innovators. Mara Rockliff tells the story of a girl who grew up loving stories and became an acclaimed storyteller and an inspiration in her own right.”

Why I Liked This Book: This was such a fascinating book – I had never heard of Alice Guy-Blaché before, but she definitely seems like someone I would’ve liked to meet. Rockliff details how Alice went against the status quo to pave the way for film-making, pushing the boundaries with her creativity and dedication. Ciraolo’s illustrations fit the story perfectly, developing an old-time sort of feel that brings out the brightness in the story.

One of the things that I love is how the book is sectioned with big titles, reminiscent of old-movies. This book is truly a joy to read, highlighting a historical figure that is oft neglected. I think that kids will love to take a look at this book!


There is a great section in the back of the book the author included on the life of this amazing woman. There are suggested readings, lists of books, movies, and articles.

Ms. Rockliff has a teacher’s resource guide at her website – click HERE to go THERE


Watch one of Alice’s Films! This one is really funny!

For a listing of perfect picture books check out Susana Leonard Hill’s blog !

Categories: Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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6 replies

  1. Great review. I never heard of this woman.

    • It’s a shame that she’s kind of fallen through the holes of history, but I’m grateful that Ms. Rockliff is bringing Alice into the spotlight! 🙂

  2. I consider myself a bit of a classic film geek. How have I not heard of Alice?!

  3. Oh, that clip is hilarious! Very creative and quite the boat rocker! I’m going to have to read this book! Thanks for the rec, Erik!

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