Gollywood, Here I Come!
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When Anamazie isn't twirling a baton, taking an acting class, or attending singing and dance lessons, she fantasizes about being a movie star. One day, after leading the Wattle View School Band in the 4th of July parade, and a few hard knocks, her dream comes true. Gollywood, here I come! is a success story through the eyes of a young turkey. Take a journey from the small town of Gobbleville to the glamour of Gollywood, as Anamazie becomes a child star.

Gollywood Here I Come! taps into current pop culture trends of TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and the public’s fascination with celebrities. At its heart, the story leaves young readers with the positive message “You can do anything if you work hard and never give up.”


Before writing his debut children's book, Terry John Barto directed and choreographed more than 200 regional theater productions. In addition, he was the creative mind behind numerous television and cruise ship live shows throughout the world. When Terry John Barto was employed as the creative director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he worked with many diverse ideas and turned them into screenplays for animated films. He also used his experience to help artists develop popular action figures and dolls for several large retailers.


Gollywood, Here I Come! is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly products. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.

Gollywood, Here I Come! is Story Monster Approved. Five Star Publications, Inc.'s prestigious "Story Monsters' award honors extraordinary authors in the field of children's literature. Books that are Story Monster approved receive this special designation because they inspire, inform, teach or entertain, adhering to rigorous standards of excellence. Nominated books must pass through an evaluation conducted by industry experts, and be endorsed by a panel of youth judges. Only then can a book receive the official Story Monster seal of approval.

Gollywood, Here I Come! is all about achievement and pursuing goals with parental encouragement and support. Those used to how elements of angst and struggle reach even into early picture book grades will appreciate this positive, upbeat, encouraging story of a mother who encourages her daughter and the success that follows their joint efforts.
-Diane C. Donovan

"In Gollywood, Here I Come!, we get to follow along as a cute and talented little turkey makes her way to the turkey version of Hollywood. Kids will have fun reading about her journey from small town Gobbleville to starring in a movie in the big city. They'll learn how important it is to work hard and follow their dreams."
-Valerie Mitchell, Mama Likes This

[Gollywood, Here I Come!] is absolutely adorable! I thought the story line was cute & entertaining and the Princess has been enjoying reading this book since we received it. I love that there are finally children's books centered around turkeys and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. A nice little book for any child's library book collection.
-Shelly Hill, two classy chics