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HIP HOP DOG

Author: Chris Raschka

Illustrator: Vladimir Radunsky

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A little brown dog uses rap to talk about his family, his experiences, and the other dogs in the neighborhood. This is poetry gone to the dogs, with plenty of canine capers, too.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book, especially the pages where the text spiraled and had dog sounds.

Adult Reader Reaction: When we finished this the first time, my 9-year-old was ready to read this again. I definitely wasn't. I like the idea of poetry, and I like how the rhyming words were bold, but I found the haphazard text placement distracting.

Pros: Kids will like this fun take on poetry.

Cons: The spiraling text - especially on the last spread - can make you dizzy.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. I love poetry and I love the idea of a rapping dog, but this one comes across as amateur.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MY HIPPO HAS THE HICCUPS AND OTHER POEMS I TOTALLY MADE UP   CHOWDER   MY DOG MAY BE A GENIUS

Educational Themes: There are fun things you can do with this book, especially for developing readers. There are lots of rhyming words, there is a lot of repetition, and it is a good example of the link between poetry and music lyrics.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, animal characters, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2010

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