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British hip-hop artist Akala to release inspirational children’s book with Oxford University Press



BRITISH HIP-HOP artist and educationalist Akala is to release his first children’s book with Oxford University Press.

Hip and Hop: You Can Do Anything follows the adventures of a hippo called Hip and his friend Hop who rap inspirational messages throughout the story.

“Hip raps inspirational rhymes that help his friend Hop to achieve his dream of taking part in the Blueberry Hill bike race,” the book’s description reads. “The story teaches that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Focus on your dreams and go!”


MOBO Award winner Akala confirmed his latest project on Twitter: “Yo Peeps! I wrote a children’s picture book with @OuChildrens It comes out in July!!”

Pete Marley, editor of children’s books at Oxford University Press, said of the collaboration with the London-based rapper: “Both forms use rhythm, rhyme and repetition to engage their audiences.”

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