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The Commercial


The Commercial
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.73

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    blusher, cueball, cutie, duct-taped, healthy-looking, pasty-looking, re-do, standing, stupid-itis, jealousy, stardom, offensive, condone, statistic, testimonial, facial
     content words:    If Q.


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The Commercial
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The makeup lady added some pink blusher to the tip of Q. Ramey's nose and around his eyes. The boy pretended that it was camouflage for an action film. Q. predicted that this TV commercial was his vehicle to stardom. Although his parents thought his modeling career would pay his future college expenses, Q. intended to skip higher education and become a movie star. His goal was to become an action adventure hero.
 
2     "Hey, watch out for my eyes! If you blind me, I'll call my attorney!" Q. said with a swat at the offending makeup brush. He rubbed the powder out of his eye.
 
3     "Great," the makeup lady said, sighing. "Now I'll have to re-do that eye." She brushed again, then looked at him critically. "What kind of name is 'Cue,' anyway? Is it short for 'cueball' or 'cutie?'" She smirked.
 
4     When he felt like it, Q. could put on quite a display of temper. On this occasion he chose to imitate the makeup lady. "And what kind of ailment are you suffering from, anyway?" he asked. "Is it stupid-itis? If your brain were mine, I would have it amputated - on the spot!" he finished, paraphrasing a line of prose from Cyrano de Bergerac.
 
5     "Nasty little rodent," the makeup lady said as he strode away. "Thinks the world revolves around him, I've no doubt." He shrugged. Her offensive remarks hadn't perforated his ego. One had to be tough to make it in this business. His mother wouldn't condone his reaction, but she wasn't there to chide him about the need to be "nice." She had taken his big sister, Una, to a gymnastics competition instead.

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