Book Review: If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't--Elise Parsley! Like 1 Twitter Sarah BooksBeforeBandaids Follow Aug. 11, 2016, 11:30 p.m. in Entertainment Views: 888 Like us on facebook If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley is a laugh out loud book that appeals to young readers who seem to always want to take something on their adventures only to have mom and dad say no. Magnolia just wants to take her piano to the beach, what could go wrong, it's not like she can lose a piano right? Well this is Magnolia and she gets into some seriously hysterical situations that really make sense and are relatable, except for the whole piano thing. This cautionary tale has bright, vivid pictures with Magnolia's funny facial expressions and neat details to keep readers engaged. The multiracial family is an added bonus.