Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Hardcover – Sep 1 2002
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
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Top Customer Reviews
Francine,the resident tomboy of the group, is tired of her friend Muffy swooning over the Backstreet Boys. She decides to form her own group that won't be "sellouts." Her band,named U Stink,quickly becomes the hot local ticket. Francine gets irritated at her bandmates for wanting to do interviews and sell cds while Muffy conspires to become the new manager for the Backstreet Boys when they come to town. By the time the Boys come to town,the members of U Stink are all at odds with each other while Arthur and a couple of his friends rejected by Francine form a band called We Stink. At the concert,Muffy traps Nick Carter in an elevator and gives him a sales pitch. While waiting for Carter,U Stink is sent onstage to play a song but freezes. Then U Stink gets some help from the Boys to finish out the song. Afterword,the members of both "Stink" bands become friends again and Francine realizes that the BSB are about having fun while making music and that they aren't "sellouts"
Cute book recommended for Arthur and BSB fans of all ages!
The thing is, selling out, or rather, not selling out, is actually an important theme of this book. When Francine finds her friend Muffy Crosswire watching the Backstreet Boys, she calls them "sellouts," saying that they're only interested in money. She then creates her own band, based on the theme of not selling out. Things, however, begin to fall apart when Francine begins to suspect her band members of only being in it for the money. Then, the Backstreet Boys come and teach everybody a lesson about the appreciation of music.
So, it would seem that the book version of the Backstreet Boys "Arthur" special does not overdose on the Backstreet Boys, featuring them mainly towards the end of the story. The illustrations are of the same brilliant, vibrant quality I've come to expect from the Arthur series and are pleasant to look at just in themselves. This book is definitely recommended...
After reading the other review where this person called the Backstreet Boys Passe really should go and listen to their CDs.. They have been around for 10 years.. It took the book and the DVD of this show to prove to me that these kids were great...
It even took a concert to show Muffy that the Backstreet Boys were not sellouts... Great book!
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