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Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms (Picture Puffins) Paperback – April 3, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (April 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140566783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140566789
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up?Through unusual fonts and splashes of color, the design of this book mirrors the exuberant nature of this American pastime. Like the game, the poems are quick, energetic, and highly rhythmic, and the prose pieces, personal and passionate. The author/photographer reveals his unabashed love of the game and insight into the personal dynamics of the sport in each double-page spread. The pieces are both varied and accessible. In the humorous narrative "No Sole," different voices lecture a player complaining about how much his new shoes hurt. Each narrator remembers how it was "when I was your age," from no high-tech shoes, to no new shoes, to no shoes at all. In '"Please Put Me In, Coach!!"' a boy's pleading voice promises "not to hog," and "I'll listen to you now" if only he can go back in the game. "School's in Session" and "The Sweetest Roll" are gracefully shaped poems that will inspire students to create their own selections. The concluding piece, "Everything I Need to Know in Life, I Learned from Basketball," will surely find its way onto locker-room and gymnasium walls. All of the superb dual-toned photographs depict young men. Once students and teachers become aware of this title, it will bounce right off the shelves.?Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Mixing poetry, memoir, short fiction, and photography, Smith pays a fast-break tribute to the pleasures and pains of b-ball, from being benched (`` `Please Put Me In, Coach!!' ''); to playing ``Hot Like Fire,'' on the way to scoring 65 points; remembering ``the time when my dad could no longer play one on one; or how a new kid, ``Meek,'' proved himself on the court, once he was given a chance. Figures in the photos are blurred, clipped, or shot from behind, giving the illustrations an arty look, and the author is fond to excess of text in multiple colors and typefaces, but for range of experience and immediacy of feeling, this blows past Robert Burleigh's Hoops (1997). Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just finished charles r.smith jr's book rimshots. It was a great book. it was about the authors life of basketball, and he makes it into poems that deal with different basketball situations. The reason this book was so great is because it was about basketball but in poem form. No other book that I have ever read has used basketball as content for a poem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Pain, passion, poetry in motion Rimshots has it all. In stories and poems, Smith shows the range of emotions tied to the hearts of those who love the game of basketball. The in-your-face color typestyles are balanced by the sensitive sepia toned photos of the players. "Don't force anything, let the game come to you". Basketball fans will want this book to come to them. Extraordinary effort for a first time author. Simple and honest.
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By Vivster on May 10, 2014
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Rimshots is a great poetry book that my young men are drawn too. They really like the way the artwork correlates with the poem's meaning.
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By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Rimshots is creative and witty with amazing photos. Any basketball fan will love this book!
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