So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)
a novel by Micol Ostow with art by David Ostow, and learn how you can rock - in a totally kosher way, of
Ari Abramson wants to be cool. He thinks being in a band
will help, so he recruits three other kids from his Jewish day school:
his best friend Jonas, who is cool without even trying, a classmate
named Yossi because he has drums, and Yossi's younger sister, Reena,
who has a surprisingly good singing voice. Together, they form the
Tribe. Soon, they can play a ska version of Hava Nagila. Kind of.
Punk Rock totally rocks. I dig this hybrid novel. It's funny, it's
thoughtful, and it's just plain cool. It will definitely appeal to teen
guys AND girls. It reads like a 'normal' book, with chapters and Ari's
first-person narration, plus it has black-and-white illustrations: sidebars, pictures of the band members, doodles and lists from Ari's notebook when they're trying to come up with band names, and a hilarious glossary.
But don't take my word for it: Read an excerpt from the book and check out some of the illustrations.
creators of So Punk Rock are siblings. Micol Ostow makes Ari a
down-to-Earth every-guy, easy to relate to and befriend, and David
Ostow makes art that will catch your eye and crack you up. How cool is
it that a brother and sister teamed up to make something like this
together? (And can you imagine what might happen if they collaborated
on a project with another fantastic sister-brother author-artist team,
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the creators of the Babymouse
graphic novels?) To put it simply, the Ostows rock, and so does So Punk Rock.
And now I'm singing Hava Nagila again...