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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763635618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635619
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-Smith, the author of Short Takes: Fast Break Basketball Poetry (Dutton, 2001), returns to basketball with these lyrical rap poetry tributes to 12 WNBA stars. He gives each player a nickname based on her style, and launches into his ode with all the excitement and grace of the game. For example, Ticha Penicheiro, "The Chef," is described: "Racing and running/and spinning and swerving/in total control/while feeding and serving/delicious assists/with wrist-flick tricks,/Chef T serves/dishes with slick/style and/skill,/finesse and/flair-." Chamique Holdsclaw, the "Fire Starter," throws the winning basket: "Finger-roll finish/for last-second win,/rising and floating/like smoke/to the rim./Blazing a trail/with moves that scorch,/another hot performance/from The Human Torch." Sheryl Swoopes, "The Board Snatcher/BulletPass Catcher,/charging hard/through-the-lane/coming-right-at-ya.-/The Ball Stripper/Defense Slipper,/right-side fadeaway/net-cord-ripper" is nicknamed, simply, "All That." Action photos of the athletes are pasted large on colorful, dynamic backgrounds that barely hold the motion-filled poems to the page. Notes about each player and poem communicate the joy Smith finds both in watching the game and writing poetry. Pure pleasure for basketball fans and inspiration for kids who doubted poetry was alive, this book, like Swoopes, is "all that."-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3-6. Like his previous poetry titles about basketball, Rimshots (1999), Short Takes (2001), and Tall Tales (2002), Smith's latest captures the rhythms, sounds, and excitement of the court. This time he celebrates WNBA players in poems that use metaphors to describe each athlete. Ticha Penicheiro, for example is "The Chef," serving "dishes with slick / style and / skill, / finesse and / flair, / feeding teammates while twisting midair." The photo-collages, with muted colors printed on matte paper, aren't as striking as those in Smith's previous titles, but the poems crackle with the beat, wordplay, and compulsive chant-along appeal of rap: "Point leader/ stat line feeder, / last-second / shot-making / OT Buzzer-Beater." Young basketball fans will have a hard time keeping still while they read these tributes to astonishing athletes, and Smith's infectious wordplay may encourage them to invent their own creative ways to describe the things they love. Concluding author's notes talk about each poem's inspiration. A great choice to energize poetry units. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award-winning children's book author, photographer and poet with over thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem, "My People" and a Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award for his biography on Muhammad Ali, "Twelve Rounds to Glory." Many of his books have also garnered reluctant reader awards, proving that kids that don't like to read, do like to read his books.

Charles combines his passions of writing and photography with a variety of subjects that spark his interest. Even though his early books such as "Rimshots", "Hoop Kings" and "Hoop Queens focus on basketball, Charles has shown the ability to apply his talents to a variety of subjects, including diversity with "I Am America" and "I Am the World", Greek mythology with "The Mighty 12", how slaves built the White House with "Brick by Brick" and Negro League baseball with "Stars in the Shadows" to name a few. His poetry has also been used to paint unique biographical portraits of personal heroes such as the aforementioned Ali, boxer Jack Johnson and soon, guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Of the distinctive niche Charles fills with his books, he notes, "I want to show students, particularly boys, that there are many ways to pursue their interests, no matter what they may be."

To hear excerpts from his books and learn more about Charles R. Smith Jr, visit his website at www.charlesrsmithjr.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Though published through a children's book publishing house, you cannot say that this is necessarily a book intended for the eyes of kids only. Anyone who has ever loved the WNBA, anyone who has a favorite player that is featured in this book, and anyone who loves poetry OR basketball will enjoy this book. A ribald collection of photographic images and odes to individual WNBA players, Charles R. Smith Jr. has created the ultimate loving tribute to twelve of his favorite muses.

First of all, I am not personally a WNBA fan. So in reviewing this book I can't tell you whether or not the twelve women featured in this book are the current top twelve players, the past top twelve players, or just random players that Smith thinks are especially talented. For each woman pictured here, Smith has written a poem. We begin with "Fly Swatter", dedicated to the great height and skill of Margo Dydek. This poem, like all the others, shows a picture of the woman featured in sepia tones doing exactly what the poem says she's doing. So Tina Thompson's poem "T 4 2" shows her scoring a two-pointer while Nykesha Sales's, "The Bomb" shows the ultimate jump shot. The poems are written with a bouncy fast-paced style that's sure to please any burgeoning poet or sports fan. For example, a poem about Ticha Penicheiro says, "Racing and running/and spinning and swerving/ in total control/ while feeding and serving/ delicious assists/ with wrist-flick tricks/ Chef T serves/ dishes with slick/ style and/ skill". They're all like that. Tricky enjoyable little spots of poetry that laud some of Smith's favorite players and talents.

In the back of the book Smith has included little bios of each player and the reason he wrote the poem he did for each.
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