Love Hip-Hop? This alphabet book is a must-have
Are you a fan of hip-hop? There's something I can't explain about my love for hip-hop music; the beats, the rhymes, the clever wordplay and sampling, and those incredible record scratching noises. The feeling of joy I get from listening to hip-hop is similar to when you can't get enough of a sporting team, or a favourite TV series - naturally I'm compelled to share the obsession with my wife and kids.
When I found out about this hip-hop-themed kids book, I couldn't contain my excitement. Seriously, have you ever seen an alphabet book this fresh?
A B to Jay-Z is a passion project realised by hip-hop fans (and parents themselves) Jessica and Danny Chiha. Beautifully illustrated by artist Alex Lehours, the book is a clever flip of the ol' alphabet book recipe: instead of animals and fruits, we're taught about a selection of the greatest rappers of all time.
Fans of the 1990s-2000s era of hip-hop will appreciate the selection. Of course, B is for Biggie Smalls, S is for Snoop Dogg, and T is for Tupac. No argument here!
The book's tagline is an homage to one of celebrity rapper Jay-Z's seminal tracks; "If you're having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC's ain't one."
What's great about A B to Jay-Z is that it's not a parody “kids” book like ‘Go the F- to Sleep’ that you enjoy with your spouse after the rascals are finally in bed. It’s a cool little book that's at home on the coffee table, as it is wedged in with your record collection, or alongside books from another beloved family-favourite wordsmith, Dr. Seuss.
Are you enough of a hip-hop fan to get a copy? Check out the official website