Queen of the Scene
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Queen of the Scene

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by Queen Latifah, Frank Morrison, Frank Morrison

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

This uplifting book by warmhearted rap star Queen Latifah promotes self-esteem for young black girls and others touched by today's hip-hop culture. A call to walking tall and respecting yourself.
Publishers Weekly
Actress and rap artist Latifah makes the picture-book scene with a sassy debut project starring a gal so full of self-esteem that it unfortunately borders on cockiness. The young female narrator wastes no time talking up her prowess on the playground: "I'm queen of the scene./ Baby, I'm a star!/ I make games look easier/ Than they are." She shows off her talents in just about every playtime pursuit and, in the end, seems to encourage readers to be confident and to release their own inner queen. But the worthy message, clouded by some forced rhymes and a couple of puzzling stanzas, may be lost on young readers. Save for the parting lines, the tale reads more like the litany of a braggart than an inspirational ditty, with no real story line. Taking things up a notch, Morrison's (Jazzy Miz Mozetta) bold signature acrylics, which place the exaggerated protagonist front-and-center in every spread, capture the rhythm of the text and the energy of the action. His image of an urban neighborhood rings true litter, graffiti, vibrant kids and all. CD recording (cited on the cover) not heard by PW. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
A positive and uplifting message for children is communicated in this rhythmic, rhyming story created by well-known rap musician Queen Latifah. An inner city African American girl with a healthy self-image believes in the power of positive thinking as she boasts about her speed and prowess. Even when things become difficult she believes in herself and continues to convey an image of confidence. The colorful illustrations, which good-humoredly replicate a city playground, will capture the attention of young readers, and the important message will help children develop self-respect. A CD-ROM that accompanies the book contains a single song that has the author "rapping" the story to a catchy beat. The CD can be listened to while following along with the book but it is equally enjoyable by itself.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The eponymous, self-assured ruler of the playground can do it all: play basketball, tennis, and soccer; run sprints; score at handball and stickball; jump rope; and build the best sandcastles. She does not hesitate to say so, and she is shown as just a little larger than life. But on the last page, she meets her parents, who are waiting on their stoop for their little girl to come home before it gets dark. Written in rhyme and delivered with lots of sass, this empowering story is sure to appeal to those who can celebrate their own special gifts. The rhyming can be bumpy at times and a little forced, but the salute to girl pride is strong throughout. Morrison's paintings are an ideal match for the text. His elastic-bodied figures are graceful and brazen, reminiscent of his illustrations for Brenda C. Roberts's Jazzy Miz Mozetta (Farrar, 2004). The pages spin with movement and action. Despite a few flaws, this book is a worthwhile purchase. There can never be too many books to help children recognize and be proud of their strengths.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl demonstrates her confidence and her mad skills on the playground. The little girl, in a jumper over jeans and big bright tennis shoes, twirls a basketball on one finger while working her hula hoop, and excels at stickball, tennis, making sand castles and every other imaginable playground activity. The other kids look on in amazement or compete against her unsuccessfully as she dashes from sport to sport, rapping about her skill and showing off. Morrison's illustrations burst with originality, vibrancy and humor. Latifah's ode to self-esteem benefits greatly from the companion CD, but the minimal text, with a dashed-off feel and sometimes awkward rhymes, will probably leave the reader wanting more. (Picture book. 3-7)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet 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 visited the Louvre Museum in Paris while touring with his dancing group and was inspired to choose painting as his new path. He is the winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts, and he has illustrated Queen of the Scene by Queen Latifah.

Frank Morrison visitó el Museo del Louvre en París cuando estaba de gira con su compañía de danza; así fue como se inspiró para empezar a pintar. Ha ganado el premio Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe a nuevos talentos por su trabajo en Jazzy Miz Mozetta, de Brenda C. Roberts, y ha ilustrado Queen of the Scene, de Queen Latifah.

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Queen of the Scene 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago