Kid’s Book Review: The Rapping Princess

Kid’s Book Review: The Rapping Princess

About the Book and Author

This feel-good and fun story encourages us to embracing our differences and celebrating them. It is about a princess who could not sing, but she found her voice through rap instead! Author Hannah Lee has written the story in verse so it can be read with a catchy rhythm and illustrator Allen Fatimaharan has created some bright and beautiful pictures to accompany the story. It is published by Faber & Faber.

Our young reviewer loved it and her mum told us that it is the first story about a princess that her daughter has read featuring a princess with a brown face.

The Rapping Princess cover
Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee has always loved books, but yearned to see more stories that featured children like her – so now she is writing them! My Hair was her debut picture book, which was Highly Commended in the 2017 FAB Prize for writing.

Allen Fatimaharan was born in Sri Lanka, but grew up in Southern India and France. Now living in the UK, he works as an illustrator and animator. In 2018 he won second place in the FAB Prize for illustration. My Hair was his first picture book.

Book Review

The rhyming words made the book more fun and made me want to practise some rapping too.

I loved the book as soon as I saw it because the cover was bright and beautiful and I love reading stories about princesses.

I felt sorry for Shiloh beause she couldn’t sing and she was trying so hard, but then I was really happy when she found her true talent. This was different to her sisters singing but it was still lots of fun and it made her happy. I liked the way her sisters helped her with her show at the end.

The rhyming words made the book more fun and made me want to practise some rapping too.

All the pictures in the book are really colourful and make me happy.


Additional comment from Emaan’s mum, Deeba:

Incidentally one of the other things which we talked about was that it was nice to see a princess with a brown face. Emaan told me all of the princesses in the books she has read previously only have white faces so that was nice to see.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Emaan
  • Age: 5 years
  • Likes: Swimming, craft activities and playing in the park
  • Dislikes: Eggs and spiders
  • Favourite Book: Betsey Biggalow the detective by Malorie Blackman
  • Favourite Film: Frozen 2
  • Favourite Song: Into the Unknown from Frozen 2