Hip-Hop Lollipop

by Susan Montanari (Author) Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

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.

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Kirkus Reviews

The glee it provokes will surely be worth it. 

Publishers Weekly

It's bedtime, but a girl named Lollipop can't stop "dancing hip-hop." Carrying a little yellow boom box and accompanied by an equally enthusiastic cat and dog, she bops through the house, "Dancing down the long hall, / Bouncing off the tall wall." She stops by her big sister's room, where Tasha, a fan of techno, is dancing, too ("She glides heel-to-toe in slo-mo"). Together, in a scene that exudes sisterly solidarity and silliness, the two brush their teeth to the beat: "Head rotation./ Jubilation!" Eventually even Lollie runs out of steam, and some good-natured parenting sends her slipping into bright yellow pajamas and snuggling between the covers, dreaming of dances to come. The text by Montanari (My Dog's a Chicken) isn't rap, but it doesn't need to be--its catchy musicality and rhythm pay fitting tribute to a girl with boundless energy. Watercolor and ink drawings by Pinkney (On the Ball) are ecstatically impressionistic: lines curve and arc, characters defy gravity, and with swirling pastel streaks embellishing every scene, the whole house feels like it's in perpetual motion. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Erzsi Deak, Hen&Ink. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 1--Lollie, an African American preschooler, loves to dance and hip-hop is her favorite groove. Her big sister Tasha jams to techno--"She glides heel-to-toe in slo-mo," but Lollie is all about "Hands tutting. Knees jutting. Arms cranking. Body swanking. Hip gyration. Exultation!" Even when Mama says it's time for bed, the child keeps on jiving and Tasha joins right in. Next, Daddy calls "It's bedtime!" and the girls keep up their pop 'n' locking to the music as they brush their teeth, change into pajamas, and turn down the music. Lollie settles in at last, and before long, is dreaming her hip-hop dreams. Montanari's infectious text, full of rhyme, repetition, and onomatopoeia, begs to be read aloud. Pinkney's fluid artwork, done in rainbow-hued watercolor and India ink, captures a warm and loving family vibe. VERDICT A fun and lively bedtime book for exuberant kids who love music and have their own ideas about winding down.--Luann Toth, School Library Journal

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Susan Montanari
SUSAN MONTANARI is the author of Who's the Grossest of Them All?, illustrated by Jake Parker, as well as My Dog's a Chicken, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf, dubbed "a great addition to most picture book collections" by School Library Journal. She spent the majority of her life on the beach and near tidal creeks surrounding Savannah, where she currently resides with her husband and a cat named Tybee. Follow her on Twitter at @susanmontanari.

BRIAN PINKNEY received a Caldecott Honor for Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney and for The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci. He has illustrated many highly acclaimed books for children, including Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book; In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson, a Coretta Scott King Award Winner; and most recently, Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out! by Patricia McKissack. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and their two children. Learn more at brianpinkney.net.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication date
October 20, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV031020 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV012020 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic - General
Library of Congress categories
Family life
Hip-hop dance
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 10/01/18

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