From Wesley Stace―formerly often called singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding―the highly unique novel concerning the traveling lifetime of America’s unlikeliest rock stars.
Sold-out concert events, screaming enthusiasts, television exhibits, quantity Ones. this is often the rock and roll dream, and the Wonderkids live it. yet something’s fallacious. The gigs are bought out, certain, however the halls are filled with little kids―not attractive hipsters. And that screaming? It sounds extra wailing, really. the television appearances are PBS on Saturday morning, instead of Saturday evening reside, and as for quantity Ones . . . you don’t are looking to know.
uncovered in his impressionable adolescence to the absurdist literature of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, the Wonderkids’ lead singer, songwriter, and resident mad genius Blake Lear has constantly written lyrics as foolish as they're infectious. Why make experience, he says, while nonsense is a lot more enjoyable? Rock and roll has constantly been for the children, right?
the reason is, Blake has no objection whilst the band is on the market a care for the satan: the Wonderkids might be rock stars, cherished and respected. The capture? Their viewers could be little ones. they are going to be a “kindie” band avant l. a. lettre, sooner than the Wiggles and Dan Zanes have been a twinkle in Raffi’s eye. The band takes the United States via typhoon, and issues cross very right―until they pass very mistaken. the enticements of the line are many, and the Wonderkids are gigantic teenagers, too.
Narrated by way of candy, a boy Blake adopts on a whim, who turns into the band’s disciple, merch man, novice psychologist, and―eventually―damage keep an eye on guru, Wonderkidis a delirious and strangely touching novel of the hazards of compromise, thwarted ambition, and fathers and sons, instructed with large humor and effort via Wesley Stace―the infrequent author who's as cozy within a rock membership as he's within a bookstall. A behind the scenes epic of intercourse, medicinal drugs, and rock and roll, but additionally sippy cups, pillow fights, and child Bjorns, this can be Almost Famous throughout the having a look glass.