Hip and Hop, Don't Stop!
Publication Date: February 2010
Hip is a turtle who raps really slowly. Hop is a bunny who raps superfast. One afternoon they see a poster for a rap contest and become friends. On the day of the big event, rappers like LudaFish and Notorious P.I.G. take the stage. It comes down to a rap-off between Hip and Hop, but this time neither slow nor fast wins the prize.
This engaging new take on the fable of the tortoise and the hare combines elements of comics with a traditional picture book. Hilarious mini-raps recited at varying speeds make for a rollicking read-aloud that kids will want to hear-and perform-over and over.
Jef Czekaj (www.czekaj.com) is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and musician. His comic strip Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters has been running in Nickelodeon Magazine for more than ten years. He has illustrated several children's books, and wrote and illustrated a graphic novel. He is also the DJ for the hip-hop group Big Digits. Jef lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.