So you want to be a rock star?

So You Want to be a Rock Star by Audrey Vernick book review

I’ve got a would-be rock star. He may have learned most of his moves from the viral Spandy Andy You Tube clip but that’s not stopping him dreaming big.

Author Audrey Vernick has put together the go-to guide for budding rock stars. Covering all sorts of topics from how to play air guitar, what to wear and autograph-signing etiquette, So You Want to be a Rock Star is all kinds of cool.

Here’s what’s great about this book – it’s not made to read sitting down. Instead, the story encourages you to get up and rock. For example –

“Do you have an awesome sound system with cordless microphones? Oh. Well, can you make your hand into a fist and sing into that? Try it.”

What would-be rock star can resist that challenge?! Each page introduces a similar ‘try it’ topic from dancing and singing to stage antics.

I really like the attention to detail that goes with the section on air guitar and I think I know a few dads who may have already read this book –

“This is very important: while you’re strumming your stomach, can you also close your eyes and make the kind of faces you make when your stomach really hurts? And move your head slowly from side to side? Try it now.”

Equally hilarious are the tips for your own TV show theme song –

“One snappy idea is to sing your first and last name four times, starting quietly and getting louder each time. Make sure your theme song rocks. Because if there’s a movie, you’ll be hearing it a lot.”

The book is illustrated by newcomer Kirstie Edmunds and she’s done an amazing job – from the awesome endpapers (a collage of guitar picks) to her ever-so-slightly retro-styled characters, the illustrations add to the humour of the text.

So You Want to be a Rock Star is suitable for kids aged four years and over but as I mentioned, it really transcends all age groups!

Find So You Want to be a Rock Star at Book Depository which ships free to Australia.

So You Want to be a Rock Star by Audrey Vernick book review


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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