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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399238670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399238673
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-When an eight-year-old boy receives a skateboard as a birthday present, he also gets a big surprise. A gleam appears in his mother's eye and before he knows what's happening, she puts on a helmet and skips out the door to take a spin on his new set of wheels. As his friends look on aghast, Mom zips down the sidewalk and performs ollies and spins. When her son asks her to return his gift, she is so "skateboard crazed" that she does not reply. He tries to bargain with her but to no avail. At this point Dad explains that Mom is a skateboard champion: she even glided down the aisle at their wedding. The boy immediately knows what to do. He grabs his piggy bank, buys a skateboard for her, and asks her to teach him how to ride. They begin to roll away when Granny yells, "Stop!" and takes the youngster's board with a gleam in her eye. Done in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils, the dynamic, quirky illustrations capture the energy and humor of this rhyming tale.
Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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About the Author

Author: Barbara Odanaka fell in love with skateboarding in 1971. As founder of the nonprofit Skateboard Moms, she also continues to skateboard. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, Odanaka trekked through the Himalayas, communed with mountain gorillas, and dived with really big sharks. Her "Rolling for Reading" school assemblies combine her three passions: reading, writing, and skateboarding. Visit her at www.barbaraodanaka.com. Illustrator: JoAnn Adinolfi only skateboards in her imagination, but she really is the proud mom of two totally awesome, skateboarding kids and the illustrator of almost thirty books for children. JoAnn lives in a very chilly state. When she isn't dreaming about visiting, beautiful, sunny places, she is happily in her studio making books for kids. Visit her at www.joannadinolfi.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Hi!

My name is Barbara Odanaka.

I am a children's book author, skateboarder, and founder of Skateboard Moms and Sisters of Shred, a nonprofit organization empowering females through skateboarding.

Before I wrote for children, I was a newspaper reporter at the Los Angeles Times. I decided to switch careers when I found I had a difficulty writing newspaper articles without rhyming!

In 1994, I backpacked around the world on $30 a day. I scuba dived with sharks in Fiji, trekked through the Himalayas, and sat with mountain gorillas in central Africa.

Today, I channel my energies into fun and lively books for children who like a lot of imagination in their reading. My latest book, A Crazy Day At The Critter Cafe, features a skateboarding cow. I have been having lots of fun visiting schools, libraries and skateboard parks dressed as Skateboard Cow!

You can find out more about my books and me by visiting my website, www.skateboardmom.com

Thanks and happy reading!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Ross on November 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous read aloud book. The text is very rhythmic and the rhymes are very natural sounding. Whenever it is checked in, I invariablly have a kid grab it and ask me to read it at our local library story time.

Oh, the story is good too. It makes kids thing about what their mom did prior to having kids--that maybe once she was cool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Educating Rita on February 23, 2007
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I originally borrowed this book from the library and read it to my five-year-old and two-year-old (both girls) and they loved it. It's well-written (fun rhymes and easy to follow) and the graphics are great, too. I especially love that the story shows women who are "cool" and unconventional - it proves moms can get in on the fun, too. In fact, I liked it so much I bought a copy for my daughter's preschool and for our house library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy L. Mcgrenaghan on December 14, 2009
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I was searching for a Secret Santa gift from my son's 2nd grade friend. Books were requested for the children and his friend is in to skateboarding. I did a search and this book came up. I am so pleased I was able to find such a great gift! It is well-written with bright and fun illustration. It shows children that mothers have a really fun side to them too! I was able to email the author, Barbara Odanaka, with questions and she was so kind to reply promptly. I am looking forward to purchasing and reading more of her books!!!
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By Charlie on September 19, 2014
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My son loves this story (4 years old.)
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By Hilary Lynn Pecis on September 6, 2014
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funny book
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