Dwayne Reed, a Chicago teacher and YouTube sensation for "Welcome to Fourth Grade," outdoes himself introducing Simon Barnes, aka Notorious D.O.G., who's short, self-conscious, and loyal. Listeners enjoy intermittent raps--Simon has a song for everything, for example, defending after school programs. Reed captures convincing classroom dynamics, family and community support, and lively characters such as Simon's endearing best friend, Maria, an exceptional debater. Most exciting is the students' involvement in a petition for maintaining school clubs and their observations of the adults disagreeing--politely. Simon acts as a role model to young listeners as he admits he's scared about taking a risk for the cause. In addition to the inspiring story, Simon's barks and quips at the ends of his songs add to the fun. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2022]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9781549165993 $22.98
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