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If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Silliness reigns when determined girl drags piano to beach.

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Silliness abounds when a determined young girl decides to take her piano to the beach despite her mother's warning, "You'd better not lose it," and though it's hard to lose a piano, lose it she does. Kids will laugh at the absurdity in the text and the very funny art and at Magnolia's faces, which are wildly expressive. Magnolia is the epitome of a single-minded, can-do girl who's not daunted by the challenges of piano moving.

Magnolia narrates the book as instruction to "you" the reader, a form that will be familiar to readers of any of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books. As in those, the story circles back to the way it began, providing a satisfying ending. The beach setting adds to the fun in this breezy summer read.

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