Aspiring young stars can rock out with how-to book

SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR. By Audrey Vernick. Illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds. Walker Childrens. 40 pages. $16.99. For ages 4-10.

Are you ready to rock? Are your children inspired to bounce, sing and dance around the house by the pop stars from Disney and Nickelodeon?

Then your budding rock stars will love this rollicking “how to” guide for air guitar, rock-’n’-roll sneering and dressing for stardom.

Definitely not for bedtime, Audrey Vernick’s text encourages readers to get up, strike a pose, sing loudly and prepare for a lot of fans. And anyone who has a TV show and a “you-ride” at an amusement park had better learn how to sign an autograph.

Kirstie Edmunds’ highly graphic and retro illustrations complement the rambunctious text with a playful style that brings out the colorful qualities of rock ’n’ roll.

Parents and children can really let loose and have a good time with this refreshing tale.

McGeath Freeman reviews children’s books for Lowcountry Parent magazine. To see previous reviews, go to