Parents' Guide to

Simon B. Rhymin', Book 1

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun story about boy whose creativity sparks his empathy.

Simon B. Rhymin' Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Fun, heartwarming, and fast-paced, this novel is entertaining and upbeat. Simon B. Rhymin' builds on the upbeat raps that author Dwayne Reed, an elementary school teacher, posts on social media. The main character, an African American boy in fifth grade, is broadly relatable: He's curious about the world, nervous about public speaking, a big dreamer, and a good friend. The narration is punctuated by stretches of Simon's clever raps.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate