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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