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Title:
Arthur, it's only rock 'n' roll
Author:
Brown, Marc Tolon.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
Francine starts a rock band, hoping it will focus on music rather than money and fame.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 66524.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 2 Quiz: 31743 Guided reading level: K.
ISBN:
9780316118545
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

Author and illustrator, Marc Brown was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1946. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. After college, he worked numerous odd jobs before he began his career.

He is most renown for creating the Arthur series. The idea for Arthur, the aardvark came one night while telling his son a bedtime story. The first title in the series was "Arthur's Nose" written in 1976. Since then, Brown has written over thirty books in the Arthur Adventure series. D. W., Arthur's sister was another character created by Brown. In addition to writing, Brown also developed the Arthur television series on PBS.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-3. Arthur fans as well as children who like music will appreciate this humorous episode in the aardvark's adventures that finds Arthur's classmate Francine starting her own band. It's obvious early on that her band, U Stink, will not be a sellout like the Backstreet Boys, who are coming to town. But when bandmate Muffy corners Backstreet Boy Nick in the elevator, which conveniently becomes stuck right before the Boys concert, U Stink is asked to perform. Purist Francine resists, but eventually enthusiasm wins out; she agrees to play: "Let's rock!" she shouts. The story, a sop to pop culture, is ridiculous, but it does reflect every music fan's secret desire to be a star or meet a music idol. The familiar cast of characters doesn't disappoint, and kids will probably chuckle at the caricatures of the Boys as they exist in Arthur's world, with aardvark or rabbit ears atop each head; the real band appears in a photo on the back flap. --Diane Foote


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.