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A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together. Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D. O. G. But for now, he's just a Chicago fifth grader who's small for this age and afraid to use his voice. Simon prefers to lay low at school an A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together. Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D. O. G. But for now, he's just a Chicago fifth grader who's small for this age and afraid to use his voice. Simon prefers to lay low at school and at home, even though he's constantly spitting rhymes in his head. But when his new teacher assigns the class an oral presentation on something that affects their community, Simon must face his fears. With some help from an unexpected ally and his neighborhood crew, will Simon gain the confidence to rap his way to an A and prove that one kid can make a difference in his 'hood?


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A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together. Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D. O. G. But for now, he's just a Chicago fifth grader who's small for this age and afraid to use his voice. Simon prefers to lay low at school an A humorous and heartwarming bounce-to-the-beat underdog story about a young rapper whose rhymes help bring his community together. Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D. O. G. But for now, he's just a Chicago fifth grader who's small for this age and afraid to use his voice. Simon prefers to lay low at school and at home, even though he's constantly spitting rhymes in his head. But when his new teacher assigns the class an oral presentation on something that affects their community, Simon must face his fears. With some help from an unexpected ally and his neighborhood crew, will Simon gain the confidence to rap his way to an A and prove that one kid can make a difference in his 'hood?

30 review for Simon B. Rhymin'

  1. 5 out of 5

    LaQuisha Hall

    The audio with this book is a MUST!

  2. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    Simon B. Rhymin’ was the perfect blend of MG lessons, social justice issues & good ole fashion fun with rapping. 🎶 Simon Barnes is starting 5th grade and wants everyone to call him Notorious D.O.G. because he wants to be a famous rapper. Simon is also the smallest one of his crew and gets picked on for it. When his cool new teacher Mr. James asks the students to give an oral presentation, Simon isn’t having it. He’s not looking for another opportunity to get picked on. Simon has to pick a topic o Simon B. Rhymin’ was the perfect blend of MG lessons, social justice issues & good ole fashion fun with rapping. 🎶 Simon Barnes is starting 5th grade and wants everyone to call him Notorious D.O.G. because he wants to be a famous rapper. Simon is also the smallest one of his crew and gets picked on for it. When his cool new teacher Mr. James asks the students to give an oral presentation, Simon isn’t having it. He’s not looking for another opportunity to get picked on. Simon has to pick a topic on an issue he’s passionate about for his presentation and chooses #homelessness after seeing a neighborhood man sweeping. Simon learns so much from this assignment and faces his fears to find his voice. 🎶 This topic brings up a lot of prejudices and stereotypes about the homeless population that I feel our kids really need to learn about so they can show empathy for all. I loved this book so much. It had elements of Jason Reynolds and Torrey Maldonado’s writing, both of who my students and I adore. Everyone grab your copy March 2, 2021! Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC! All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a very uplifting book about a fifth-grader named Simon who wants to be a rapper and would like to be known as the Notorious D.O.G. which I can totally get behind.  Simon has to give a presentation about an important timely topic and although Simon is nicknamed Rymin Simon, he wants to barf when it comes to getting up in front of people to speak.  Being the shortest in class, he doesn't want to draw attention to himself, since he chances being bullied but his new teacher. Mr. James. inspi This is a very uplifting book about a fifth-grader named Simon who wants to be a rapper and would like to be known as the Notorious D.O.G. which I can totally get behind.  Simon has to give a presentation about an important timely topic and although Simon is nicknamed Rymin Simon, he wants to barf when it comes to getting up in front of people to speak.  Being the shortest in class, he doesn't want to draw attention to himself, since he chances being bullied but his new teacher. Mr. James. inspired him by rapping his welcome to the class.   While Simon has to work up his confidence to give this presentation, he finds that the topic of homelessness in the form of a local neighborhood man, makes his report really hit home.  He sees Sunny sweeping the neighborhood and keeping everything clean but when he talks to him, he realizes that homelessness is more present in his neighborhood than he ever imagined.  It really is an uplifting story about overcoming fears and connecting with your community.  His raps are just super clever and really make this a fun read.  

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    Simon is a kind character who clearly loves his family and friends. His teachers is very cool, too, which is awesome. I love the shoes and tie matching for the teacher. This story also takes on a difficult topic (homelessness) and presents it to readers in a perfectly nuanced way. As part of the first project of the school year, each student needs to talk about a timely topic. Simon picks homelessness after visiting the local shelter with his dad. Simon feels back about not noticing Sonny all th Simon is a kind character who clearly loves his family and friends. His teachers is very cool, too, which is awesome. I love the shoes and tie matching for the teacher. This story also takes on a difficult topic (homelessness) and presents it to readers in a perfectly nuanced way. As part of the first project of the school year, each student needs to talk about a timely topic. Simon picks homelessness after visiting the local shelter with his dad. Simon feels back about not noticing Sonny all these years which is brought out both by Simon and by Sonny. Not only does Simon deal with nerves for his first presentation having to go first for the entire school year based on alphabetical order, but he excels after he vomits and reaches further to take on this timely topic. This is a must purchase for schools everywhere as homelessness is everywhere. Only twice have I listened to an audiobook and felt that the audiobook offered so much more than the print book. Being able to hear the rap poetry sung on the audio was an absolute treat that print readers will miss. A s a result, I will be purchasing both the audio and the print copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    I feel fortunate to have listened Simon B. Rhymin' via Libro.fm prior to it's publication. Dwayne Reed's performance is outstanding and Simon's story was awesome too! I feel fortunate to have listened Simon B. Rhymin' via Libro.fm prior to it's publication. Dwayne Reed's performance is outstanding and Simon's story was awesome too!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    Simon B Rhymin’ is a refreshing middle grade book with a shy, talented rapping protagonist. However, this book goes beyond entertaining. It tackles a serious issue: homelessness. Readers who enjoy books with a strong sense of community, loyal friends, and Black tweens at the center will enjoy this new release. I’ve heard WONDERFUL things about the audio which is performed by Reed himself. Read my review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC via Netgalley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heaven John

    Enter the world of Simon Barnes, the Notorious D.O.G. living in Chicago’s West Side, and you will find love, family, friendship, and joy, which is not necessarily a perspective that readers are often shown in a positive light. As a school librarian in a mostly Black area in St. Louis, my students have told me that they are tired of seeing the only books featuring Black characters being about slavery or Civil Rights, and that they want “regular stories” too that have characters that look like the Enter the world of Simon Barnes, the Notorious D.O.G. living in Chicago’s West Side, and you will find love, family, friendship, and joy, which is not necessarily a perspective that readers are often shown in a positive light. As a school librarian in a mostly Black area in St. Louis, my students have told me that they are tired of seeing the only books featuring Black characters being about slavery or Civil Rights, and that they want “regular stories” too that have characters that look like them, doing the things that they do, in places like their neighborhoods. Dwayne Reed has succeeded in writing such a story in Simon B. Rhymin. ~Spoilers Below!~ Simon himself is humorous and earnest as an aspiring rapper who will only perform in front of his family. As the first day of fifth grade arrives at Booker T. Washington Elementary, Simon is nervous but excited as he meets his fun desk-standing-while-rapping teacher Mr. James, who is at least slightly based on the author I’m guessing, who is a teacher in Chicago himself. The story centers around the fact that Simon wants to be able to be himself at school, but is unable to relax because of a bully, Bobby, who makes fun of him regularly for being short. He does have two supportive best friends in Maria and C.J., but he is usually shy and nervous around other classmates. When Mr. James assigns a public speaking assignment about an issue that affects their neighborhood, Simon dreads going first, as his classmates have been roasting him about his size for years. He decides to speak about homelessness in the area, as he is friends with a homeless man, Sunny, who sweeps his neighborhood sidewalks and is always friendly to Simon and company. As he gets to know Sunny, he has many realizations about stereotypes of homelessness and caring for people in general, and he successfully completes his presentation to the applause of his classmates. But, he realizes that being knowledgeable about a problem doesn’t do anything to solve it, and he plots with his family and friends to host a repeat Open Mic night for the neighborhood homeless shelter, with dinner and donations for the homeless provided. I really enjoyed this book because it brought home many themes that my students will enjoy: friendship (the friendship between Simon, Maria, and C.J. is hilarious and sweet), the love and support of family (which is portrayed VERY strongly), making a difference in your community, and having empathy for others. Simon even manages to feel empathy for Bobby, the boy who bullies him, as the author hints that Bobby may be experiencing homelessness himself, although it is not spelled out exactly. The themes are not hammered heavily but are woven into the plot seamlessly, and there’s plenty of brotherly love, rhymes, farting, and hilarity throughout. I will be purchasing this for my school library, and I suggest all school librarians do as well. Hopefully there will be more coming from Simon and his friends! I want to thank Edelweiss + for the e-galley of this book, as I loved it and I need more like it for my students!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Simon is a fifth grader who likes to think of himself as a rapper. He does have a way with words, and can create cadences very quickly, but he is also very shy, and leery of speaking out, much less performing. His rap alter ego is The Notorious D.O.G., and while he has the support of his parents and friends, he still is apprehensive about his own talents. After agonizing about what to wear to the first day of school, Simon does feel a little better when his new te E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Simon is a fifth grader who likes to think of himself as a rapper. He does have a way with words, and can create cadences very quickly, but he is also very shy, and leery of speaking out, much less performing. His rap alter ego is The Notorious D.O.G., and while he has the support of his parents and friends, he still is apprehensive about his own talents. After agonizing about what to wear to the first day of school, Simon does feel a little better when his new teacher, Mr. James, wears bow ties and tennis shoes, and starts rapping in class. When Mr. James assigns an oral report, however, Simon's anxiety goes into overdrive. He has a great topic: there is a man in the neighborhood, Sunny, who is always sweeping the sidewalks and making the neighborhood look good, but who appears to be homeless. After interviewing Sunny (and finding out that he had been a custodian at Simon's school at one point!), Simon feels that more needs to be done in the neighborhood to help the homeless. After a disastrous attempt at speaking that ends in him having to leave to throw up, Simon tries to put measures in place so he can speak in public. Will he be able to overcome his fears and use his voice to help people in his community. Strengths: This was a good story about wanting to help others and overcoming personal difficulties in order to do so. Simon is a well meaning character who is trying to work through his problems with public speaking, especially when they get in the way of both his personal dreams as well as his desire to fulfill his civic duty. The author is a teacher who has some renown due to his own rapping videos. Sunny was treated with respect, and Simon did his homework in locating organizations that helped the homeless in his neighborhood. Weaknesses: The illustrations did not come through on my e reader, so I am curious about what they look like. What I really think: This seemed a bit young for my students. I would love to see something with an older character and different style of illustration that I could recommend to my reluctant readers in the 8th grade. This would check out to 6th graders, but would be a hard sell to my older students. I wish this weren't the case. I may take a look at the finished book to see how the overall package looks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimi Loughlin

    Do yourself a favor and listen to this as an audiobook! It is read by the author and adds an entire new dimension to the story - music! Simon's passion is rapping. It's the way he expresses himself best but he's only ever been able to do it in front of his family and close friends. Then on the first day of fifth grade, his teacher gives him an oral assignment and Simon's anxiety about speaking in public comes out full force. He learns a lot, both through the project where he interviews a local h Do yourself a favor and listen to this as an audiobook! It is read by the author and adds an entire new dimension to the story - music! Simon's passion is rapping. It's the way he expresses himself best but he's only ever been able to do it in front of his family and close friends. Then on the first day of fifth grade, his teacher gives him an oral assignment and Simon's anxiety about speaking in public comes out full force. He learns a lot, both through the project where he interviews a local homeless man that he always passes on his way to and from school, and through his family and friends as they encourage him to face his fears. Reed created a really relatable main character in Simon. He has a passion that directly conflicts with his fears (... don't we all?) and learns to overcome it in a beautiful manner. The book touches on social justice and racial inequality issues as well as school bullying (Simon is the one of the smallest kids in his class). The audiobook was EXCELLENTLY narrated by the author and added a fun and entertaining new level to the story. Though I'm sure the text reads just as well, Reed rapping Simon's interludes himself added depth to Simon and really solidified that character. Great for kids who may need their own inspiration to get over social and presentation anxiety as well as kids who have strong musical passions. Also a FUN read for adults! Who needs age restrictions!?

  10. 4 out of 5

    theindianreadingduo

    Book - Simon B Rhymin' Author - Dwyne Reed Genre - Middle grade Hatchette Audio 🤘🏼This is a sweet story of young eleven years old rapper whose rhymes help bring community together. It elaborates Simon and his middle grade life. It's about how he has talent and makes good rhymes and raps. He always dreams to become rapper. But he is shy by nature and gets nervous in front of people. 🤘🏼So how he learns good values and emerges from where he was lacking with good influence from not being comfortable speak Book - Simon B Rhymin' Author - Dwyne Reed Genre - Middle grade Hatchette Audio 🤘🏼This is a sweet story of young eleven years old rapper whose rhymes help bring community together. It elaborates Simon and his middle grade life. It's about how he has talent and makes good rhymes and raps. He always dreams to become rapper. But he is shy by nature and gets nervous in front of people. 🤘🏼So how he learns good values and emerges from where he was lacking with good influence from not being comfortable speaking and singing to being a rapper makes storyline riveting. 🤘🏼There is one poor and kind sweeper who sings too and he forms a special bond with Simon helping him indirectly to showcase his talent with confidence. His brothers' banter is fun as well. The writeup is good and interesting which keeps the flow intact. 🤘🏼I would like to thank Netgalley Hachette Audio and Mr. Read for this sweet audiobook. It thoroughly entertained my 7years kiddo too with the subject and raps 🤘🏼 #theindianreadingduo #simonbrhymin' #dwynereed #middlegrade

  11. 4 out of 5

    Letitia-Elizabeth

    I absolutely loved listening to the audio of this book! It really made the story for me especially since Simon is an aspiring rapper and we could hear him rap throughout the book! While Simon is an aspiring rapper, he’s also pretty small for his age and is afraid to speak up in class. When Simon’s new, cool teacher assigns a presentation, Simon is super nervous to present in front of the class. In addition to issues of self confidence, self esteem and facing your fears, this book also deals with I absolutely loved listening to the audio of this book! It really made the story for me especially since Simon is an aspiring rapper and we could hear him rap throughout the book! While Simon is an aspiring rapper, he’s also pretty small for his age and is afraid to speak up in class. When Simon’s new, cool teacher assigns a presentation, Simon is super nervous to present in front of the class. In addition to issues of self confidence, self esteem and facing your fears, this book also deals with tougher issues like homelessness. While researching for this presentation, Simon befriends Sonny, a homeless man that Simon has seen in his neighbourhood quite often but never got to know. I love that this book showcases homelessness and the fact that they are still people who deserve respect. Loved it! *Thank you to the publishers for a chance to review this ARC!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Thank you to NetGalley for an Advanced Listener Copy of this book. This book was fantastic! The audio is expertly done by the author, and I highly recommend listening to it with your kids and/or students. This would make a great classroom read for 4th/5th grade. The main character is a 5th grade boy, so there is some fart talk that will make kids laugh, but also a lot of depth. Simon learns about the prevalence of homelessness in his neighborhood, and through getting to know a local man, realize Thank you to NetGalley for an Advanced Listener Copy of this book. This book was fantastic! The audio is expertly done by the author, and I highly recommend listening to it with your kids and/or students. This would make a great classroom read for 4th/5th grade. The main character is a 5th grade boy, so there is some fart talk that will make kids laugh, but also a lot of depth. Simon learns about the prevalence of homelessness in his neighborhood, and through getting to know a local man, realizes how dehumanized people suffering from homelessness can be, to the point of being invisible. He also learns how to overcome his fear of public speaking. This story is full of great messages told in a way that is fun and relatable for kids. The music and rap sequences make the audio a must for this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim Childress

    A Childress Ink Must Read A book so needed right now, a realistic story that handles tough issues with humor, music, rhymes and rap! The biggest takeaway I would like to reiterate is NEVER let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter! A message I have shared with my own children-emphatically! This book will strongly appeal to middle grade boys and girls (and older, with adult interest for rap lovers and teachers). The story is a strong testimony to the heart of the author, who I believe is calle A Childress Ink Must Read A book so needed right now, a realistic story that handles tough issues with humor, music, rhymes and rap! The biggest takeaway I would like to reiterate is NEVER let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter! A message I have shared with my own children-emphatically! This book will strongly appeal to middle grade boys and girls (and older, with adult interest for rap lovers and teachers). The story is a strong testimony to the heart of the author, who I believe is called “America’s Favorite Rapping Teacher” for a reason. Dwayne Reed does not talk down to kids, he makes it real, and he tempers tough issues (kids need to talk about) with music. I highly recommend Simon B. Rhymin’!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Letitia-Elizabeth

    I absolutely loved listening to the audio of this book! It really made the story for me especially since Simon is an aspiring rapper and we could hear him rap throughout the book! While Simon is an aspiring rapper, he’s also pretty small for his age and is afraid to speak up in class. When Simon’s new, cool teacher assigns a presentation, Simon is super nervous to present in front of the class. In addition to issues of self confidence, self esteem and facing your fears, this book also deals with I absolutely loved listening to the audio of this book! It really made the story for me especially since Simon is an aspiring rapper and we could hear him rap throughout the book! While Simon is an aspiring rapper, he’s also pretty small for his age and is afraid to speak up in class. When Simon’s new, cool teacher assigns a presentation, Simon is super nervous to present in front of the class. In addition to issues of self confidence, self esteem and facing your fears, this book also deals with tougher issues like homelessness. While researching for this presentation, Simon befriends Sonny, a homeless man that Simon has seen in his neighbourhood quite often but never got to know. I love that this book showcases homelessness and the fact that they are still people who deserve respect. Loved it! *Thank you to the publishers for a chance to review this ARC!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Teacher Dwayne Reed uses his experiences teaching middle grade students in Chicago to create a book that rings with authenticity. Simon is the smallest in his class of fifth grade students and struggles to speak in front of them, despite having real skill at creating rhythm and rhyme that sets him apart. Reed interjects frequent rap segments as he allows Simon to explore the serious subject of homelessness and find his voice to tell the story of a man who has fallen into that scary situation. Li Teacher Dwayne Reed uses his experiences teaching middle grade students in Chicago to create a book that rings with authenticity. Simon is the smallest in his class of fifth grade students and struggles to speak in front of them, despite having real skill at creating rhythm and rhyme that sets him apart. Reed interjects frequent rap segments as he allows Simon to explore the serious subject of homelessness and find his voice to tell the story of a man who has fallen into that scary situation. Librarians serving students in grades 4-6 will have no problem recommending this book to many of their patrons. Thanks for the preview copy, Amazon Vine.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    A cute story about Simon B. Rhymin' who has aspirations of being a rapper despite his stage fright. When he is assigned to go first for classroom presentations during the first few weeks of school, Simon knows he won't be able to present. He chooses homelessness for his presentation topic after talking with a local homeless man in his neighborhood. A solid choice for a Mark Twain book, maybe (Simon is in 5th grade) that tackles tough issues in a kindhearted and productive way. Exceptional audio A cute story about Simon B. Rhymin' who has aspirations of being a rapper despite his stage fright. When he is assigned to go first for classroom presentations during the first few weeks of school, Simon knows he won't be able to present. He chooses homelessness for his presentation topic after talking with a local homeless man in his neighborhood. A solid choice for a Mark Twain book, maybe (Simon is in 5th grade) that tackles tough issues in a kindhearted and productive way. Exceptional audio that includes rapping--definitely adds to the narrative.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Mitchell

    I was fortunate enough to have obtained an audio version of the book. I loved the audio version. I think it added a lot to the story that young, upper elementary age students would enjoy. The content of the story itself covered the heavy topics of homelessness & bullying. It also dives into the fear of public speaking and changes in a community. The main character, Simon is real & vulnerable and oh, so relatable. As a teacher, I foresee many rich discussions occurring around this story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    A good story for beginning to explore the fear of public speaking and homelessness. When Simon has to do an oral presentation on a timely topic during the second week of school, he decides to explore the homelessness that he sees in his neighborhood. Simon seemed a lot younger than fifth grade to me. There were some loose ends to both the homelessness and bullying aspects of the stories. For grades 3 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa F

    Simon B. Ryhymin' was a delightful read! Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to listen to the audiobook. Dwayne Reed brought this book to LIFE! The rhymes, rhythm, and raps throughout the book had me imagining my students finding it difficult to put this book down. I laughed, I may have danced a little, too. I can totally see a Simon B. Rhymin' series coming soon, and I'm here for it, too! Simon B. Ryhymin' was a delightful read! Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to listen to the audiobook. Dwayne Reed brought this book to LIFE! The rhymes, rhythm, and raps throughout the book had me imagining my students finding it difficult to put this book down. I laughed, I may have danced a little, too. I can totally see a Simon B. Rhymin' series coming soon, and I'm here for it, too!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    I'm just meh on this one. While Dwayne Reed attempted to craft a hip middle grade novel, dealing with social justice issues, it fell a bit short. The audiobook version has slightly abrasive "jingles" which would have been less annoying (and likely to be accepted by the target audience) if they had been more of a rap-style than... well, jingles. Note: I received an Audiobook version of this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I'm just meh on this one. While Dwayne Reed attempted to craft a hip middle grade novel, dealing with social justice issues, it fell a bit short. The audiobook version has slightly abrasive "jingles" which would have been less annoying (and likely to be accepted by the target audience) if they had been more of a rap-style than... well, jingles. Note: I received an Audiobook version of this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    With lively language, unforgettable characters, and universal emotions that every reader will recognize, Simon is a welcome addition to books that bridge the range of chapter books to young novels. Simon's voice and interests are center stage, even though an actual stage gives him qualms. His teacher, his friends, and his family measure up to Simon's personality and play roles that feel fully natural and satisfying. With lively language, unforgettable characters, and universal emotions that every reader will recognize, Simon is a welcome addition to books that bridge the range of chapter books to young novels. Simon's voice and interests are center stage, even though an actual stage gives him qualms. His teacher, his friends, and his family measure up to Simon's personality and play roles that feel fully natural and satisfying.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a cute upper elementary grade book that explores the main character’s fear of public speaking and his report topic, homelessness. I listened to the audio version of this book and feel audio is likely the best format to adequately appreciate the lyrical rap segments that are throughout the book. Audience: 3-6th grades.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Book Bee NYC

    I loved this story about Simon, a shy Chicago kid who loves to rap. It's perfect for elementary school aged kids who like realistic fiction. Lots of laughs--and fun with the raps--but also some important messages about community and homelessness. I think that this is going to be a popular new series! I loved this story about Simon, a shy Chicago kid who loves to rap. It's perfect for elementary school aged kids who like realistic fiction. Lots of laughs--and fun with the raps--but also some important messages about community and homelessness. I think that this is going to be a popular new series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chelka Posladek

    Please please do yourself a favor and "read" the audiobook version. The author did a phenomenal job, and I would have missed out by reading it on the page. It's a great story regardless, but hearing Simon rap (instead of reading the words flatly in my head) was awesome. Please please do yourself a favor and "read" the audiobook version. The author did a phenomenal job, and I would have missed out by reading it on the page. It's a great story regardless, but hearing Simon rap (instead of reading the words flatly in my head) was awesome.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    This was a great read! There was music and rapping and learning to be brave! Notorious D.O.G. also learns a big life lesson about homelessness and being invisible. The characters are relatable and loveable! Would give to anyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    LS Johnson

    I loved this book. It is an easily understood way of presenting homelessness to young readers in an empathetic way, but also shows examples of strong supportive families and friends, and ways for young kids to take action.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margo Tanenbaum

    Written by a rapping teacher, this fun middle-grade novel centers on a young boy who likes to rap but is very shy in class. When he does a classroom project centering on homelessness in his community, he discovers that he has something to say.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Benedict Navarro

    I really enjoyed reading your book. I read enthusiastically and understood the story. ... If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dara Yoder

    I listened to the audio, thanks Libro.fm. Loved this book! Loved Simon and the audio was great with lots of raps! Cute story kids will enjoy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This audiobook was brought to life by author/narrator Dwayne Reed. I liked this much more than I expected, and was so happy that it addresses important topics, while still feeling very authentic.

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