cover image Albert Goes Hollywood

Albert Goes Hollywood

Henry Schwartz. Orchard Books (NY), $15.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-531-05980-7

In the sequel to this father/daughter team's How I Captured a Dinosaur , Albert the blue behemoth is thriving in L.A., where he lives with Liz and her parents. Who wouldn't thrive on 250 burgers a day? But when the PTA decides it can no longer foot Albert's food bill, he seems destined for the zoo. Resourceful Liz lands him a screen test, and the dino wows the director with a ``perfect loop-de-loop'' on Liz's skateboard. His movie debut is so successful that the oversize pet is given a permanent acting job. A hybrid of Norman Bridwell's Clifford Gets a Job and Clifford Goes to Hollywood , the plot doesn't get high marks for originality. More impressive is the perky artwork of Amy Schwartz ( Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner ). Such images as Albert with his long neck protruding from the sun roof of a limo, a top hat perched on his head, will elicit giggles aplenty. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)