A newborn dino falls from a tree and wakes up a rapping machine.
This light tale largely follows his trip to the hospital and the many tests he must endure while his sobbing, distressed parents look on. One look at the title and cover, which features a backward-hat–wearing dino kid, and potential readers will understand that there will be no way to read this, whether aloud or to oneself, without rapping. Some verses work better than others, however, with regard to rhythm, rhyme and sensibility (mind, the trip to the hospital is not due to the fall but because he can’t stop rapping afterward). “My parents freaked out; / they didn’t know what to do. / Should they take me to the doctor? / Or take me to the zoo? // They rushed me to the hospital; / the ambulance was screaming. / The nurse gave me a Popsicle; / I thought that I was dreaming!” Even through all the diagnostic testing, Rappy is enthusiastic about his rapping ability, celebrating what makes him different. Bowers’ brightly colored acrylic illustrations focus on the anthropomorphized dinos with their expressive faces and exuberant clothing. Many dino species are featured as medical staff, none of them scary, so those looking for a distraction for children anxious about upcoming medical tests will find it here.
Upbeat, rhyming, rhythmic but ultimately slight entertainment. (Picture book. 4-8)