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So You Want to Be a Rock Star

So You Want to Be a Rock Star

by Audrey Vernick, Kirstie Edmunds (Illustrator)

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Calling all future musicians: this book is gonna make you ROCK!


Calling all future musicians: this book is gonna make you ROCK!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Air guitarists, rejoice! Vernick (Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums) lays down a delightfully snark-free guide to how kids can release their inner spotlight-loving performer. The text invites readers backstage early on: “You want to be a rock star? Let’s see if you have what it takes.” From there, Vernick poses queries about the requisite tools of true rock stars (“Do you have a really cool electric guitar?”) and follows up with real-life substitutions: “That’s okay. Can you hold your left hand out to the side and strum your stomach with your right hand? Give it a try. You rock!” By book’s end, readers will have mastered loud singing, awesome dance moves, proper sneering, and autograph signing. Debut illustrator Edmunds harnesses the energy of kids’ ambition and broad creativity in her angular, pencil-and-digital-paint scenes of a boy and girl jamming with gleeful abandon. The low-tech premise—you can still rock with a mop on your head and family members as backup dancers—is refreshing, and the book’s self-esteem boost is totally in tune with an American Idol era. Ages 4–8. Agent: Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Prospect Agency. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Children have amazing imaginations and it is important to foster that talent. Encouraging children to pretend they are rock stars is as simple as planting the idea in their head and sitting back to watch what they become. The author begins with the basics, acting as if a clenched fist were a microphone or strumming an invisible guitar. Dress up as an integral part of the play is encouraged in the text; the idea of using everyday occurrences to continue the play and a ride to the store with mom becomes a ride to a concert in a limo. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and show children pretending but also show children in images as if they truly were rock stars. Vernick sets the stage for children's librarians, teachers and parents to set children on a course of adventure. While the text focuses on imagining becoming a rock star, the simple text also gives an appropriate starting point for imagination games of all kind.
Kirkus Reviews
The title strikes the right note, landing somewhere between a taunt and an invitation. Those intrigued will be rewarded by a wicked good time created by new picture-book partners Vernick and Edmunds. Getting the autograph of a studded-leather-jacket–clad rocker with an impressively spiky Mohawk wows an enthusiastic blond-haired boy and his older brunette sister. As they sit in their room drawing pictures and imagining all the amazing things rock stars get to do, the author poses them such questions as, "Do you have an awesome sound system with cordless microphone?" Each question initially flummoxes the twosome, but the text guides them (and readers) in what to do: "Well, can you make your hand into a fist and sing into that? Try it." Pencil-and–digitally painted illustrations portraying an air-guitar performance and choreography for the multigenerational family back-up dancers truly amp up the fun. Kids will giggle with grown-ups at the appropriately over-the-top plans for super-stardom (a TV show, a "you-movie" and a theme song) that are consistently translated into actions younger ones can practice or participate in. Great for a rocking storytime and budding performers of all kinds, while quieter audience members can sit back and enjoy the show or get lost in the many colorfully designed guitar picks on the endpapers. Encore! (Picture book. 4-7)

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Walker & Company
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Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

AUDREY VERNICK is a self-taught singer-songwriter, especially if you take away the singer-songwriter part. Like a true rock star, she has lived much of her life on the road (driving her children). Audrey lives with her husband, son, daughter, and dog. www.audreyvernick.com

KIRSTIE EDMUNDS is a rock 'n' roll "artist" who can usually be found in the studio singing loudly and drumming on the table with her favorite colored pencils. She lives just south of London with her banjo-loving husband-to-be. This is her debut picture book. pencilpocket.blogspot.com

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