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Take It to the Hoop, Magic Johnson Hardcover – September 2, 2000


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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-This celebration of the basketball star's skills and career is more tribute than biography. Written in a loose, rambling style, the verse makes liberal use of basketball jargon to convey a feel for Johnson's talent. The appeal to fans will be obvious, even though the descriptions of play often apply to any professional basketball player: "juke & dazzle,/Shake 'n Bake/down the lane/take the sucker to the hoop,/"magic"johnson,/recreate/reverse/hoodoo/gems/off the spin." Troupe's poetry is flashy and fast paced, and fits Johnson's style. Evans's bright, cartoon-styled illustrations add to the appeal. His work here is most similar to his illustrations for Shaquille O'Neal's Shaq & the Beanstalk (Scholastic, 1999) and harsher than the softened pictures in Angela Johnson's Down the Winding Road (DK Ink, 2000). A perfect choice for reliving the excitement of watching this athlete perform.
Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2-5. Troupe's exuberant picture-book poem captures not only the "magic" of Erwin Johnson but also the exuberance of NBA basketball at a time when it was changing from a plodding game to the epitome of American cool. Each turn of the page reveals a bright, clear, cartoonlike drawing (frequently double-page) by Shane W. Evans, which shows Johnson in action, against an even brighter background. The words explode between the pictures, coming in all directions, in fonts of all sizes. They celebrate basketball savvy and street talk: "juke & dazzle, Shake 'n Bake, down the lane / take the sucker to the hoop Magic Johnson." Don't look for biographical information about Johnson here: this focuses on the skill and style on the court that makes Magic magic. Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun; First Edition edition (September 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786805102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786805105
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Regina Marie Clark on March 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 3.5 year old nephew and I love reading this book together. The story has a nice combo of Magic's technique, co-players and life story. It's fun, inspiring and really enjoyable to read. The drawings celebrate how Magic moved his body in amazing ways to make incredible moves happen. It's as much about dance and rhythm as it is about basketball. I'm excited to show my nephew old footage of Magic back in the days of Showtime!!
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