May 3, 2011
A Hip Hop Tale
It's no secret that I enjoy children's books with clever wordplay and a touch of humor. Hip and Hop, Don't Stop! by Jef Czekaj is one of those books. Hip is a turtle from Slowjamz Swamp who loves to rap as slow as molasses. Hop is a bunny from Breakbeat Meadow with a talent for rapping lightning fast. One day they each see a poster for the Oldskool County Rap-off, and a new friendship forms as they practice together for the contest. When the big day arrives, all of Oldskool County is there to see the contestants "battle" each other with their raps. In the last round, Hip and Hop face off against each other. Hip rapped so slowly that no one paid attention to him. Hop rapped so fast that no one could keep up with her. But when the two friends team up and rap together they find the perfect balance and pretty soon the entire audience is moving to the beat. Hip and Hop share the title of "Best Rappers in Oldskool County."
My daughter enjoyed the bright, fun illustrations in Hip and Hop, Don't Stop! The allusions to the world of hip hop music are amusing, including animal characters such as "Ludafish," "Jay Zebra," and "Queen LaTreeFrog." The raps are clever and entertaining, and include visual clues to enhance the reading/rapping experience...red text is meant to be read slowly and green text is intended to be read very fast. Hip and Hop, Don't Stop! was definitely the favorite pick from the library this week.