Worst Band in the Universe

Worst Band in the Universe

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by Graeme Base
     
 

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Castigated for defying tradition and playing an original tune on his Splingtwanger, 13-year-old Sprocc leaves Planet Bipp in search of musical freedom and enters the annual Worst Band in the Universe Competition. Includes a CD of songs performed by the bands in the story. Full color.

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Castigated for defying tradition and playing an original tune on his Splingtwanger, 13-year-old Sprocc leaves Planet Bipp in search of musical freedom and enters the annual Worst Band in the Universe Competition. Includes a CD of songs performed by the bands in the story. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
On Planet Blipp, no new music is allowed. Only the Ancient Songs, with no variation, may be played. Sprocc, a young Blippian, yearns to play innovative music; his quest for sonic freedom leads him to the planet Squaag. There he meets and befriends fellow musicians, and together they enter the Worst Band in the Universe competition. Unfortunately, the Musical Inquisitor has a terrible surprise in store for the winners. Sprocc and his bandmates find themselves exiled to a desolate swampy planet. Undaunted, the gang constructs a spaceship powered by song, and Sprocc returns to his home planet to forge a path where Innovation and the Ancient Songs finally unite. Wild and imaginative colorful illustrations accent this highly entertaining rhyming book. A bonus CD is included, with over twenty-five minutes of music from the Worst Band competition. Mozart it's not, but kids and adults alike will enjoy the zany lyrics, such as--I've got three strong arms/ One enormous nose/ Nine left feet with twenty-seven toes/ I've got no brain but that's the way it goes. This is a fun, read-aloud book.
Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Welcome to Planet Blipp, a world located "beyond the stars, beyond the sun and moon," where the playing and creating of music is dictated by restrictive traditions and controlled by the all-powerful and malevolent Musical Inquisitor. Sprocc, a 13-year-old Innovator, can't keep his talent on the "Splingtwanger" (cosmic guitar) hidden. When he enters a battle of the bands, he walks right into a trap set by the evil Inquisitor. Sprocc and his buddies are banished to WasteDump B19 where they eventually join forces with the legendary musician Skat. Finally, the Inquisitor is defeated and musical freedom returns to the planet. Told in rhyme with a smoothly flowing, natural rhythm, this rather lengthy, contemporary morality tale is potentially exciting when read aloud. Out-of-this-world illustrations feature alien beings and their surroundings in vivid shades of orange, green, purple, and blue. While Base's message of tolerance comes through loud and clear, the text is too sophisticated for younger readers and the picture-book format lacks appeal for an older audience. A CD featuring music composed and performed by the author is included. An obvious talent can be heard, but once again, audience appeal is questionable. A curious selection indeed.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780641543661
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
11.02(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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It was dusk at the Temple of Tunes. The entire Blippian Tribe was gathered for the Blessing of the Splingtwangers, in the presence of the Eldest One, her Council and the Musical Inquisitor...

On Planet Blipp, beyond the stars, beyond the sun and moon, The world was ruled by music - but tradition called the tune. The Ancient Songs of ages past were all that could be heard, And no one was allowed to change a single note or word.

To write a tune was heresy, to play it even worse, And anyone who improvised was scowled upon and cursed. For years untold the Temple walls had rung to songs of yore Until the day a brave young groob named Sprocc rewrote the score.

Sprocc wasn't strong, or worldly-wise, just thirteen standard years, But in his heart there surged a tune that conquered all his fears. He took his trusty Splingtwanger, and though he knew 'twas wrong, He cranked the volume up to ten and played a Brand New Song.

The Musical Inquisitor was grobulous with rage. "It's Banishment for you!" he snarled. "Remove him from the stage!" A squad of ProdMen scuttled up and grabbed Sprocc by the scruff, But as they made to drag him off a voice rang out, "Enough!"

The Eldest of the Eldest Ones, the Wisest of the Wise, Rose slowly to her feet and studied Sprocc with ancient eyes. "This lad is not a criminal," she finally declared. "His heart is true - just out of tune. I say he shall be spared."

The crowd was in an uproar. The Inquisitor saw red. But judgment had been given; there was no more to be said. The Inquisitor was brought to heel - a sharp humiliation. Repressive Tyrants: yet to score. Round One to Innovation!

When everyone had gone, the Eldest One took Sproccaside. "My son, you have a special gift, but one that you must hide. Our world is not yet ready for the songs you wish to sing, Be patient, Sprocc, for comes the day your music will take wing."

A sudden pang of sadness seemed to cut her to the core. "Another young and restless soul has trod this path before: A boy named Skat - he had the gift - a youngster just like you. If only he had waited . . . There was nothing I could do...

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