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Hoop Kings

by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Published by Candlewick Press, 2004
37 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-1423-8

Ages 7-14

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Shaquille O’Neal is so enormous that the actual-size footprint accompanying his poem needs a fold-out page to accommodate it. Jason Williams’s ball handling skills are so magical that the word “SEE” is repeated four times in big, bold letters just to make sure the reader catches his sleight of hand. Twelve other NBA stars are celebrated in jamming action poems accompanied by large photographs embellished with electric designs. Each poem celebrates the athletes’ special basketball talents. The poems are identified by the numbers on the jerseys of the players instead of page numbers. End notes offer author Charles R. Smith Jr.’s prose commentary on the individual styles of his favorite superstars in a book that will delight young fans. CCBC categories: Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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