Legends of Hip-Hop: Queen Latifah: An A-B-C Biography

HarperFestival. (Legends of Hip-Hop). Sept. 2023. 24p. Board $9.99. ISBN 9780063234291.
Gr 1-4–“All hail the queen of hip-hop!” Legendary rapper, singer, actor, and more, Queen Latifah is an entertainment powerhouse. In this installment of a new early concept board book series, “Legends of Hip-Hop,” Ken takes readers from A to Z through her rise to fame. Moore’s digitally animated illustrations take center stage, generating energy through bold color and active design elements. Many letters are cleverly integrated into the illustrations, demonstrated by the G drawn into a Grammy award and the P serving as the handle of a megaphone. Unfortunately, letters X, Y, and Z miss the beat, marking “the end of the alphabet but not of Queen Latifah’s reign!” Additionally, the young, targeted audience may lack the background knowledge to appreciate her contributions to the entertainment field. Nonetheless, “E is for empowering,” which is the valuable takeaway on this multifaceted talent.
VERDICT Despite some flaws, the queen of hip-hop will move children to dream big in this upbeat alphabet board book.

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