From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–The Barber twins, both NFL superstars, teamed up with Burleigh to write an engaging memoir that touches on themes of cooperation and individual differences. When the brothers played football in their hometown Pee Wee league, a local reporter interviewed them and seemed to focus his attention on Tiki, the touchdown hero. Ronde knew his brother could not score without his own strong defense clearing the way, but no one seemed to notice his skill. Feeling jealous and unappreciated, Ronde finally gained perspective on his contributions when he was sidelined with a minor injury. However, it was Tiki who showed him the meaning of teamwork. Root's rich illustrations, done in watercolor and gouache, realistically portray the action. This book is sure to be of interest to young athletes, but the lessons of self-acceptance and working together to contribute to the success of the group are universally valuable. Use this title to spark discussions of personal strengths and abilities.–Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Gr. 1-3. The Barber twins, who are both NFL players, tell a story with themselves as the heroes. Set in their childhood, the tale introduces Tiki and Ronde playing on the Cave Spring Vikings. Tiki gets the glory, running for the long touchdowns, but Ronde is a dedicated blocker who makes the plays happen. Despite Ronde's importance, his supporting role gets a little old, especially after Tiki is interviewed for the newspaper. But the coach has a surprise for Ronde; he concocts a sneak play in which the ball is passed to Ronde, who is then able to run for the touchdown. Though simplistic, the story will still appeal to football fans, most of whom will easily identify with the out-of-the-spotlight Ronde. (Actually, they'll probably identify most with the other Vikings, who don't get their own play.) Root's artwork, with its bright blue uniforms and green, green grass, seems stiff in some of the action scenes; it's better in the more intimate family moments. What works best here is the feel-good mood--the anticipation, the excitement of the game, and the thrill of victory. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved