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Move the Crowd: A Children’s Picture Book

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Innovative illustrator Kirk Parrish brings the iconic song “Move the Crowd” to life for the first time as a children’s picture book.

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What people are saying…

“A young Black boy’s passion for beats and lyrics comes alive as he expresses his thoughts by listening to spoken words through his boombox . . . The boy’s imagination comes alive as he draws everyone into the beat, into the rap, into the musical vortex that takes him to another world where he explains the importance of great beats and sounds to other children and introduces them to the party of perfect rhymes, lyrics, and sensation. Parrish’s wonderful drawings, a version of graffiti fused with a narrative arc, show an array of colorful words that seem to jump off the page . . . Rap music is a story, perfectly suited to the picture book form, and this book is sure to move the crowd.”
School Library Journal

“These LyricPop picture books will have your kids singing, dancing, & learning.”

“These books bring learning lyrics to songs alive!”
Two Lights Academy

Included in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2020 Children’s Announcements

“Endpapers showcase giant boom boxes, and the mixed media/cut paper artwork is just incredible, with depth and movement all coming together to tell a story that you won’t want to listen to while standing still.”
Mom Read It

Spiky Penelope’s Featured Endpapers of the Week

“An adventure of a boy who gets dragged into a stereo where the world is colorless and dull. He transforms this world . . . into a vibrant dance party.”
Pragmatic Mom

Move the Crowd adapts brilliantly to a picture book format and will inspire young readers to try their own hands at creativity, and to listen to the works of others for inspiration.”

“This little book is so bright with fun illustrations that will take you back to the 80s with break-dancing and boom boxes.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners

“‘Move The Crowd’ as a children’s picture book is truly as wondrous as it sounds.”
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Move the Crowd is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

With knowledge of self, there’s nothing I can’t solve
At 360 degrees I revolve
This is actual fact, it’s not an act, it’s been proven
Indeed and I proceed to make the crowd keep moving . . .

Innovative illustrator Kirk Parrish brings the iconic song “Move the Crowd” to life for the first time as a children’s picture book. The lyrics to Eric B. and Rakim’s hit song provide the inspiration for this instant classic.

Follow along as Parrish pairs the lyrics with colorful illustrations about a boy being absorbed into his stereo and dropped into a colorless world where the music is dull and the people uninspired. The ensuing transformation he brings to the crowd with his music is one that the whole family can enjoy together.

Read an interview with illustrator Kirk Parrish at KidLit411

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 10/6/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758492
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759000


Eric Barrier (song lyrics)

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William Griffin (song lyrics)

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KIRK PARRISH grew up on a little island just outside of Seattle. As a youngster, he developed a fondness for scribbling caped superheroes and yearned to one day become a grand-master ninja. Today, Parrish has (mostly) put down his ninja aspirations and is an illustrator and designer, currently based in Seattle. Over the last decade, his artwork has appeared in video games, animation, publishing, and advertising. Move the Crowd is his latest children’s book.

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