Mack Made Movies/ #PPBF

Hi Friends,

Snow has melted and this coming weekend is supposed to be beautiful. tomorrow I will attending Penn Writers mini conference of Writer’s Project RunWay – fashioning your story. It will prove to be awesome. And if you show up wanting in I am sure a place will be found for you.  

Meanwhile Let’s do our Perfect Picture Book Friday one of my favorite days of the week. What Diane Tulloch says about it is this “I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view.  So pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors. by Diane Tulloch at Patient Dreamer here:


Mack Made Movies book cover_So here is my selection for today.


Title : Mack Made Movies

Author/ illustrator : Don Brown (No not DAN Brown but Don Brown)

Publishing info: Roaring Book Press, 2003,  ages four to nine.

Summary: “ A simple biography of the director whose silent films immortalized such slapstick clowns as the Keystone Kops, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle,  Mabel Normand, and Ben Turpin.”

Themes: Motion Picture Producers and Directors, Biography, Mark Sennett, Motion Picture actors and actresses, TV, Films, Silent Films

First Three Sentences : “In 1900, twenty year -old Mack Sennett was a horse’s rear end. It was just a silly role in a foolish skit on a shabby Manhattan Stage, but it was his stage debut and Mark dreamed of being a show business star.”

Links to Other Resources :  You can enter your information for a pdf of teacher guides from the author by clicking on this link :

For a guide aimed at kids and showing the fun of this book along with many other resources.

Information about the author and his other book.

Why I love this book : Do you ever wonder who made Charlie Chaplin famous and who directed him in movies? Or have you heard of the Keystone Kops but didn’t’ know more about them? Here is a picture book about Mark Sennett who at first was a one man show in silent movies but later became one of a team that brought us Charlie Chaplin, WC Fields and KeyStone Kops. This is his picture book biography and I love these short well written picture books.

So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

See you back here on Tuesday and again next Friday for another PPBF.



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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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14 Responses to Mack Made Movies/ #PPBF

  1. What a great biography for children about Mack and the very first movies he made. It is so important for them to know the beginning of movies. Great activities.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Pat!

      I know, right? This is our parents history and memories yet the our children know nothing of this. So important it is not lost. I am so glad this author wrote about Mack’s biography in a picture book genre. Instilling interest in movies in young readers and children..:)


  2. Joanna says:

    I love biographies like this that introduce us to lesser folks yet people who have truly impacted our world. it sounds fascinating.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Joanna!

      We don’t want to forget the silent movie makers that movies and TV what they are today. This book is perfect for giving our young readers a sense of that.


  3. Oooh! It’s biography day! I’ve been reading my library’s bio booksection and have not seen this one.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Wendy!

      This one is filled with valuable information of Mack Sennett who was instrumental in making silent movies a key point in the movie industry as we know it today.

      I know you will love this one. 🙂


  4. I’d love to learn more about Mack – must find this. Thanks, Clar!

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  5. This is very cool. I never thought about who or how these were made so I’m interested in reading this for myself. Thanks for sharing Clar.
    And thanks also for the Pingback.

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  6. I love those first lines! now I just HAVE to read this book!

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  7. This sounds really cool! 😀

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