Pop! – Book Review


Pop! is a kid’s book written to explain the history of pop music, what it does and what it means to people. I was sent a copy to review.

A note for adults at the beginning explains that the book is intended as a tribute to everyone involved in producing pop music.
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It goes into the birth of pop music in the 50’s, explains about different pop styles, instruments and personalities.

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I read it to Jenny (4) and Eve (3). They know a fair bit about music already. Jenny loves dancing and wants to go to classes!

popbook-jennydanceThe girls enjoyed the book although I felt that some of the language used was maybe a little advanced for their age. (How many three years olds would know what you mean if you started talking about the ‘1950s’ ?) It’s probably more suitable for kids who are a little older.

The illustrations throughout the book are clear enough for you to identify who the pop stars are. I spotted Slash, Hendrix, Maurice Gibb, Kraftwerk and even Frank Zappa in there!

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Jenny and Eve paid attention throughout. It clearly captured their imaginations. Eve says “I like it” and Jenny said “Pop music’s fun”!

Pop! is available from Fisherton Press, RRP Β£6.99. This link also has some Pop! book colouring-in sheets for free.

70 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    7 February 2016
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    Of all time – Michael Jackson!

  2. 8 February 2016
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    Oh wow, your children will be super music knowledgeable! I’m not sure I even know the history of pop music. And my all time favourite pop star? Oh I don’t know… I think I’d have to say Britney Spears – hers was the first big stadium concert I ever went to and I remember being blown away!

  3. Julie D
    8 February 2016
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    Rod Stewart

  4. Stevie
    8 February 2016
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    Mine is Bowie. I love watching his live performances online.

  5. 8 February 2016
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    Olly Murs

  6. 8 February 2016
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    Ed Sheeran

  7. Annabel Greaves
    8 February 2016
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    Ellie Goulding xx

  8. Samantha O'D
    8 February 2016
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    Beyonce

  9. Sue Harrison
    8 February 2016
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    Immaculate Fools get my vote but Bowie and Dylan very close behind

  10. 8 February 2016
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    I am bad with pop music and probably would be best for me to read this myself. Awesome giveaway.

  11. 8 February 2016
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    I like the sound of this book and think my little girl would love it. What a great giveaway and a pretty unique book, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it!

    • 8 February 2016
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      That’s what attracted me to it, definitely. So unusual.

  12. 8 February 2016
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    The one and only king of Pop MJ, noone can ever compare to his talent, colourful life and sheer craftmanship! What a great book!

    • 8 February 2016
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      That’s bizarre! I was just introducing Jenny and Eve to Michael Jackson videos before I read your comment!

      I showed them loads of videos with dancing / choreography in it. Their favourite was Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet!

  13. MANDY DOHERTY
    8 February 2016
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    Pink x

  14. Claire D
    8 February 2016
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    Meat Loaf

  15. 8 February 2016
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    What a great looking book! My favourite has got to be Bowie =)

  16. 8 February 2016
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    Given my love for Metal, im not too sure it would make a big appearance, chuffed though I am to hear my twin nephews aged 1 singing along to Poison by Alice Cooper x

  17. 8 February 2016
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    What a great book – I haven’t seen one like this. Great give away too. Kaz x

  18. betony Bennett
    8 February 2016
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    Freddie Mercury πŸ™‚

  19. Kevin Honey
    8 February 2016
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    Roger Daltrey

  20. Lesley Bradley
    8 February 2016
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    Josh Homme

  21. Natalie Charman
    8 February 2016
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    Pink is great.

  22. Rachel Craig
    9 February 2016
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    Stevie Wonder.

  23. Fi Ni neachtain
    9 February 2016
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    This seems like a really cool book, if not a little advanced for my son at the moment too. The retro style illustrations are fab!

  24. Ruth Harwood
    9 February 2016
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    I love all the oldies like Meat loaf πŸ™‚

  25. 9 February 2016
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    Oh this looks like a cool book! We did a review on a punk one haha. Madonna will probably always be my fav pop star.

  26. aaron broad
    9 February 2016
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    Lady Gaga

  27. laura stewart
    9 February 2016
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    ive always liked ABBA

  28. Paula Barker
    9 February 2016
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    Rod Stewart

  29. Philip Rogers
    9 February 2016
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    Paul McCartney as he is such a talented writer

  30. 10 February 2016
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    I absolutely love ABBA. Sounds like a fun read.

  31. Adele and Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheerin – I can’t choose between!

  32. JULIE WARD
    10 February 2016
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    Bruce Springstein

  33. michelle o'neill
    10 February 2016
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    im more metal than pop, i love marilyn manson, my grandaughter is just getting intoo pop, she loves justin bieber at the minute, but shes only 6, im sure she will grow out of it lol hopefully!

  34. 11 February 2016
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    Sounds like a fab book to introduce young children to music. Great review and thanks for sharing.

  35. Irene Wright
    13 February 2016
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    Freddie Mercury

  36. Jo Hutchinson
    14 February 2016
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    Abba

  37. Susan B
    15 February 2016
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    My favourite pop star of all time is utterly brilliant Glen Campbell.

  38. msedollyp
    17 February 2016
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    Morrissey!

  39. BECCA STAPLES
    17 February 2016
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    Ed Sheeran x

  40. Ruby Spiteri
    17 February 2016
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    Ed Sheeran

  41. 17 February 2016
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    I like Marina and the Diamonds

  42. Karen Smith
    18 February 2016
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    Bryan Adams

  43. claire woods
    20 February 2016
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    Gary Barlow

  44. Harline
    21 February 2016
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    Sam smith

  45. Ruby Warwick
    21 February 2016
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    Freddie Mercury would be my favourite, if dead ones count.

  46. Victoria B
    21 February 2016
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    Gary Barlow

  47. 22 February 2016
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    David Bowie

  48. clara bee
    22 February 2016
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    Beyonce!

  49. Rachel Butterworth
    22 February 2016
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    Madonna.

  50. Lucy Chester
    23 February 2016
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    Beyonce

  51. Sheri Darby
    23 February 2016
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    The Beatles

  52. Allan Fullarton
    24 February 2016
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    Ed Sheeran

  53. Adrian Bold
    24 February 2016
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    Adella

  54. Adrian Bold
    24 February 2016
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    Adelle ^^

  55. Adrian Bold
    24 February 2016
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    Arghh – 3rd time lucky. Adele!

    Where’s the edit or delete options πŸ™‚

  56. Karl Borowy
    25 February 2016
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    Stevie Wonder

  57. Rachael Mccadden
    25 February 2016
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    Beyonce

  58. Victoria Prince
    26 February 2016
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    Freddie Mercury πŸ™‚ (Well, the whole of Queen – but if I had to pick a specific person!)

  59. Vicky Loveday
    26 February 2016
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    Chris Martin

  60. 27 February 2016
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    Alison Moyet

  61. Anthea Holloway
    27 February 2016
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    Adele

  62. Natalie Crossan
    27 February 2016
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    Lady Gaga

  63. sarah evans
    27 February 2016
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    Rod Stewart who im going to see in november πŸ™‚

  64. Natalie Gillham
    27 February 2016
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    Adele

  65. Leanne Hansell
    27 February 2016
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    Robbie Williams

  66. Amanda Norwood
    27 February 2016
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    Kylie

  67. jackie curran
    27 February 2016
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    Stevie Wonder

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