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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hip-Hop Lollipop Blog Tour (review)

Hip-Hop Lollipop 
By Susan McElroy Montanari 
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney 
October 2, 2018 
Schwartz & Wade Books 
Source: pub 

In this lyrical read-aloud filled with rhythm and rhyme and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney, follow a little girl as she dances her way to bedtime.  

Mama says, "Lollipop, stop! Stop! 
Jumping snapping nonstop." 
Arms and shoulders pop 'n' lock. 
Lollie's dancing hip-hop. 

Watch as Lollipop grooves her way through her bedtime routine, brushing her teeth to the beat and shimmying into pjs. She sways along with her sister, her parents, and even some enthusiastic pets until, finally, Lollie closes her eyes and dances through her dreams. Susan Montanari and Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney offer a playful bedtime read-aloud that perfectly captures the joy of music, movement, and family. 

In Susan Montanari’s delightful and irresistible picture book Hip-Hop Lollipop little readers join Lollipop has she hip-hop dances throughout her house towards bedtime and sweet dreams. 

Through a magical and masterful use of rhymes, Montanari crafts a spectacularly kinetic and pitch-perfect story. The lyrical and rhythmic flow of each line and each thoughtfully chosen delicious word will ring pleasingly in little ears. Brian Pinkney’s illustrations are simply sublime! With an explosion of bold, bright colors and dreamy, swirly brushstrokes, Pinkney expertly creates and captures motion and movement...I almost expected Lollipop to shimmy and sway right of the pages!   

Together Montanari and Pinkney have created a joyous and beautiful celebration of hip-hop, dancing, and family. Little readers (and parents!) will have so much fun reading Hip-Hop Lollipop and walk away with the biggest smiles! 

5/5 Cupcakes

Susan McElroy Montanari spent the majority of her life on the beach and tidal creeks surrounding Savannah, Georgia. 
Susan was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature in Connecticut: one for her picture book, My Dog’s A Chicken, and the other for her middle grade novel, The Day Sasquatch Ate My JournalMy Dog’s A Chicken, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf and published by Schwartz & Wade at Penguin Random House, will be available Fall 2015. Schwartz & Wade is also publishing Susan’s following titles: Who’s The Grossest of Them All, and Hip-Hop Lollipop 
Susan’s hobbies include gardening, scuba diving, natural science, legend tripping, and cryptozoology. She has three daughters and one son-in-law. After several productive years in Norwalk, Connecticut she returned home to Savannah, Georgia, where she resides with her husband, Dan, and a cat named Tybee.  

Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums, and Duke Ellington . He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children. 

Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators. 

He has been published by Greenwillow Books, Hyperion Books for Young Readers, Little, Brown and Company, Feiwel & Friends, Harcourt Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. His work has also appeared in New York Times Magazine, Women's Day, Business Tokyo, Ebony Man, and Instructor.

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