This little ruler of the playground has got game. Basketball, stickball, jump–rope, soccer–there's nothing she won't try. And watch out, boys, because she's representing all the ladies and has girl power to the max.
Queen Latifah, the Grammy Award–winning First Lady of Hip–Hop, teams up with the Caldecott Honor artist Frank Morrison in a celebration of spirit and pride.
Ages 3 – 8
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Queen Latifah, the First Lady of Hip-Hop, is proof that young women can do anything. She is an award-winning musician, actress, and entertainer, and her song "Ladies First" was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Queen Latifah is involved in numerous charities that help to empower children, and wrote this book to show young readers that, just like the Queen, they can stand tall and be the best—all they have to do is believe in themselves.
Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Katheryn Russell-Brown's Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; and Gene Barretta's Muhammad Ali. Before becoming a children's book illustrator and fine artist, Morrison toured the globe as a break-dancer. He lives in Georgia with his family. You can visit him online at www.morrisongraphics.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My two nieces loved this book. I had to read it to them five times in one night. It was not only cute but it encourages girls to try new things and to be proud of themselves.
I have been reading a lot of picture books lately. I mean, A LOT. I work in the children's department of a library and my current project is weeding the picture books. So I have been getting acclimated to them as I am usually more of a YA reader. I am using this book as my outlet for a lot of the books I've been reading lately in that the rating system just doesn't work for me. Sometimes, I will come across a book that is an outstanding story but the illustrations are Just. So. Bad. Or the reverse of that and the illustrator is a genius in gouache but the writer makes me sleepy or aggravated or whatever. In this case, I think the illustrations were brilliant and appropriate. But, and this pains me because I LOVE Queen Latifah, the writing left me cold. The rhyme scheme was horribly off sometimes and when it seemed like maybe she was wrapping up the story, OH NO! We are jumping right back in. I couldn't really get into the groove of it though the message was lovely and hizzah girl empowerment. And I think great picture books for African American girl empowerment get even more of a HIZZAH. So while I would have given the illustrations a full 5 stars, disappointinly I only bestow the big QL 2 1/2 for her writing.
I bought this book for my daughter when she was about 7 years old & she was a sassy little girl who loved to challenge boys at anything they thought they could do better than girls, so books about flowers and puppies just didn't keep her attention. But she absolutely looooved this book!!! She would carry it around with her everywhere she would go & read it to anyone who would listen! She really thought she was the Queen of the Scene!