Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book
This book is exactly what it says it is, a rap coloring and activity book for children. It is great! The book was developed by Bun B alongside his daughter. The book has a Houston, Texas theme but is an overall good purchase for your child. The texture of the cover is a bonus for your favorite pair of little hands. The book comes complete with cut-outs, coloring pages, connect the dots, and more. I was surprised at some of the entries mostly Riff Raff. Some of the coloring pages aren’t appropriate for children of all ages. The coloring page with Ice-T counting money with a gun charm on his necklace isn’t something I want my child coloring. I know it’s really Ice-T and probably based on a real photograph of the artist but they could’ve used another picture.
One of my favorite pages is the activity sheet with Scarface. The child has to match the emotion with the facial expression but Scarface looks the same in every image. I laughed out loud when I saw that. I love the inclusion of artists from the north, south, east, and west. Connecting the dots on Rick Ross’ beard is a good way to keep your children busy.
This book could become a series with each book focusing on a particular element, artists, or DJ. The mini biographies in the back of the book tie in an educational component. As always this is something you should be doing with your children. This initiates conversation about particular artists that are included in the book and the conversation expands from there. The book included female artists and artists from different eras in Hip Hop.
This book is something that can bridge the gap between this generation and the generation before. I’m sure that any child would enjoy this book and the games and activities that are inside. I would utilize this book with children that are about eight years old give or take individual developmental factors. This is a good book for after school programs to utilize by making copies of various pages and complete them in a small group setting. As simple as this idea was, it is pure genius.
Imagine various volumes of these coloring books teaching our children about our beloved Hip Hop Culture. It then becomes more than a coloring book. Really a coloring book has pictures that replace words but still conveying a particular message. The colorful Coogi sweater and the Notorious B.I.G. page had me wanting to complete all the activities in the book myself! I would replace the coloring page where Slim Thug is lighting a cigar with something more fitting for a child. For a first go-round this book accomplishes most of what it was published for. I can imagine the bonding time spent between Bun B and his daughter when this book was created. I’m sure she had questions and I’m sure he had answers.