Synopses & Reviews
Do you want to be in a band? Well, here's how! First, bug your two older sisters to start a band, and then beg them to join. (It helps if they already know how to sing and play guitar.) Then there are some tricky parts, like getting over STAGEFRIGHT and practicing until the tips of your fingers ache and playing gigs at not-so-big-time music clubs. At least, that's the way our little sister narrator explains it in her "guide" on how to start a band, based on the real-life experiences of author Suzzy Roche.
"With the characteristic wit known to her fans, Roche, of the folk-rock band the Roches, disguises first-person memoir as second-person advice about making music. 'First you'll need two interesting, smart older sisters who can play guitars and sing,' she begins. As gifted a writer as she is a performer, Roche employs a tone that stretches from encouraging ('If you start to feel hopeless, take a deep breath, close your eyes and say Ã¢Â€Â˜I can do it' three times') to goofy ('If you can't agree about which notes to sing... it will make your music sound strange, maybe like a churning garbage truck') and honest (about not being the 'Next Big Thing' anymore: 'Don't be surprised if it makes you and your sisters feel sort of crummy and sad'). At the book's heart is a well of feeling, and Potter's watercolor-and-ink spreads with their self-conscious, folk-naÃ¯f figures and whimsical asides (musical notes flying from a guitar, a whale surfacing from the ocean over which the band travels on tour) look like the Roches' music visualized. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
SUZZY ROCHE started performing with her two older sisters, Maggie and Terre, at a young age, and together they formed The Roches. The folk-indie rock band was active for more than 30 years, and the sisters recorded more than 11 albums together, including the children's album Will You Be My Friend,
a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner.
GISELLE POTTER has illustrated numerous books for children, including Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey. A Parents' Choice Gold Award winner.