Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Poor music-loving Annie. When she listens to tunes on her Walkman, she's impervious to the world and invariably gets into trouble. When she gets carried away by the rhythms of a street band, her older cousins make fun of her. Feeling terribly misunderstood, Annie decides to run away and join an orchestra. Then she discovers that an attic trunk contains instruments belonging to her grandpa, who was once a professional musician. Her attempt to play all the instruments at once ends in a pratfall, but with Grandpa's help, she organizes a family band. Grandpa also gives a much-needed boost to her self-esteem. "Annie is a natural," he tells her cousins. "She has a great sense of rhythm, and you could learn a lot from her." The book ends with the group playing at an exuberant Saturday night dance. French author and artist Auzary-Luton's story could stand some tightening, and even young readers may be skeptical that a family can learn to be such a strong musical ensemble in such a short time. But spunky Annie is an engaging heroine, and the watercolor backdrops of a tropical setting add a dash of visual spice. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Emily Schuster
Annie loves music. All day long, she listens to her Walkman. But when her enthusiastic dancing and rhythm-beating causes her to knock over the laundry basket and trample her cousins sandcastle, her family starts to lose patience. Her grandmother takes away her Walkman and no one seems to understand her love of music. But then Annie discovers her grandfather's old musical instruments in the attic. Even her cynical cousins want to get in on the musical action, and Annie's sense of rhythm turns out to be a great thing after all. The author's illustrations seem to pulse with rhythm themselves, and they give Annie boundless, irresistible energy. This book was originally published in France under the title Un, Deux, Trois, Musique! 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
For every parent and teacher who has despaired boom boxes and headphones, this book is just the ticket. Annie doesn't hear anyone or pay attention. All she does is listen to the music she loves. When her cousins tease her, she escapes to the attic and discovers her grandfather's trunk. There are enough instruments for everyone. Grandpa grabs a trumpet and begins playing the music of his day. Soon, the kids have a band. Get ready for next Saturday when Annie's Band plays their first gig.
Library Journal - Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Splendid watercolors and visual characterizations of an extended family on what appears to be a tropical island cannot overcome a bland text. Music-loving Annie annoys everyone with her compulsion to create and listen to sounds. After a few scoldings, she tearfully discovers Grandpa's trunk, which is filled with enough instruments for all of the young cousins to participate in a neighborhood performance by "Annie's Band." A glut of simple sentences prohibits read-aloud success. Auzary-Luton, French artist/musician/author, pleases with pictures but her words lack poetry in translation.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.