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
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