3 KIDS DREAMIN' by Linda England


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In England's first book, the three kids of the title are a rap group called Squeezed: Ramone is on guitar, Willie raps, and Yock's on the drums as they dream of playing. In the meantime, they need a place to practice their music, and find a space in the home of old blind ""Bass"" Smith. Practice leads to a ""talkin' singin' dancin' party"" where Squeezed gets to play with the bass man. The black-and-white crayon-and-ink drawings, while strong, have little child-appeal; the text, written in free verse, is not rap by any definition. The percussive, hypnotic quality inherent in rap, or even the rapturous making of music found in--for example--Brian Pinkney's Max Found Two Sticks (1994) is not in evidence here. A promising concept marred by false notes.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry