If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a
boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is not talking about the piano. But
Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea. She's a kid with DREAMS! DETERMINATION! And one very
heavy upright piano.
So what's the worst that can happen? It's not like she'll lose the piano. Right?
In a riotous series of mishaps,
Magnolia quickly learns that--not surprisingly--a piano doesn't mix well
with sand, sun, and seagulls!
"Magnolia's voice is wonderfully childlike... her facial expressions top
all, perfectly capturing both her exuberance and her mood swings. A
delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the
beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless." ―Kirkus Reviews
Magnolia, the star of Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!,
and her multiracial family are beach-bound, and Magnolia insists on
bringing the family piano. Before long, the piano has smooshed their
lunch, gotten covered in seagull droppings, and floated off into the
water. A situation this off-kilter requires a solution to match—fishing
pole to the rescue!—and even that leads to more surprises. Magnolia’s
wiser-than-thou narration and Parsley’s energetic illustrations are in
perfect comic sync, though no words are needed for a misanthropically
hilarious scene of Magnolia and her piano being attacked by hungry
seagulls. ―Publishers Weekly