Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

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Based on the primetime PBS television special coming this fall, this tie-in book finds Arthur yearning to join a rock band started by Francine. But Arthur doesn't make it through the auditions and Francine chooses Molly, Binky, Fern, and Mrs. MacGrady instead. Then the Backstreet Boys come to Elwood City and change "everything!." Full color.

Francine starts a rock band, hoping it will focus on music rather than money and fame.

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Overview

Based on the primetime PBS television special coming this fall, this tie-in book finds Arthur yearning to join a rock band started by Francine. But Arthur doesn't make it through the auditions and Francine chooses Molly, Binky, Fern, and Mrs. MacGrady instead. Then the Backstreet Boys come to Elwood City and change "everything!." Full color.

Francine starts a rock band, hoping it will focus on music rather than money and fame.

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Francine learns that being famous doesn't equal selling out, in this rockin' picture book starring Arthur, his friends, and the Backstreet Boys!

When Muffy challenges Francine to form a better group than the Backstreet Boys and not sell out, Francine decides to recruit the best musicians in school. U Stink, Francine's new band, quickly becomes a hit and even garners some media attention, but Francine boldly tells reporters that "music isn't about making money" when asked about future plans. The other U Stink members don't agree, though, and Francine quits in a huff (she even tries drumming for Arthur's competing band, We Stink). That night at the Backstreet Boys concert, Muffy corners Nick to tell him about U Stink's profits, but due to some elevator problems, U Stink opens for the BB while Francine learns that "it's okay to want fame. Just don't forget the most important part -- music!"

Marc Brown's celeb-filled book will be a smash with young creative hopefuls. Arthur and his friends have as much personality as ever, and they provide a great lesson in bettering your life while still hanging on to your ideals. In particular, Francine's strong-willed opinions are a fruitful springboard for social values and creativity discussions, but the book is mostly just a fun story about rock 'n' roll and keeping things in focus. U Stink's is one story that VH1's Behind the Music might not want to miss! Matt Warner

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PreS-Gr 2-Arthur, Francine, and the Backstreet Boys? The cover of the book announces a "prime-time television special" tie-in. Francine starts a band called U Stink and it rises to fame immediately. Then she decides she wants to disband because the other members are going commercial. Meanwhile, Arthur and friends, who didn't make the cut (for good reasons), start a band of their own. They really do stink. When the Backstreet Boys (with appropriate animal ears) stage a concert in town, everyone wants U Stink to play with them on stage. Arthur and his friends have been favorites of children for a long time, and this offering is likely to be as popular as the rest of the series. The story has a moral twist, the characters are as lovable as ever, and the colorful cartoon illustrations are cheerful, but the inevitable question is: Is Arthur "selling out?"-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316118545
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Hingham, Massachusetts, and on Martha's Vineyard.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Marc Tolan Brown
    2. Hometown:
      Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erie, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      M.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, 1969

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Arthur It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

    You should read this book if you like rock 'n' roll. My favorite part was the band. When no one could play the right thing. This story was funny.

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