The basket counts

by Adoff, Arnold.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j PS3551.D66 B37 2000
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j PS3551.D66 B37 2000
In city schoolyards and suburban driveways, in the early morning and late at night, on the court and in their dreams, kids of every age, race, and ability are taking it to the hoop. In twenty-eight poems that explore the many faces of the game, celebrated poet Arnold Adoff teams up with multifaceted newcomer Michael Weaver to create a bold new vision of a sport for everyone who lives for the feel of that pebble rubber ball.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-7. The voices in these brief poems are passionate about basketball--not the glorified NBA version, but the game played on driveways, on neighborhood courts, through a bedroom-door hoop. Written in Adoff's signature style, which combines free verse and elements of concrete poetry, these poems talk about what it actually feels like to play the game: "the Pebble Rubber Ball: on fingers / on palm / on fingers palm again whole hand . . . bounce to bounce / to bounce." Shaped by the rhythms of the court, the words bounce back and forth in staccato dribbling, stretch lines together like a pass, arc like a ball toward the basket, or finish the poem in a quick, powerful slam dunk. Michael Weaver's stylized gouache paintings show male and female, black and white, large, small, and disabled athletes pushing themselves to play a game that they love. Kids who play sports and know the "sweaty wet fun" of the game will find themselves within these innovative high-energy poems and attractive images. Pair this with Charles R. Smith's Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms (1999) for more hoops poetry. --Gillian Engberg"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "There is a studied pomp to both art and text in this collection of poems about basketball. Weaver's debut artwork is sometimes visually interesting, as when high-rise buildings menacingly dwarf the city playground chain-link fence, or when a wheelchair-bound player pops "the s h a r p e s t wheelchair/ wheeeelies." His full-page paintings feature careening angles, skewed perspectives, a multicultural cast of characters and hip teens. Often, however, Weaver's attempt to convey symbolic action is cartoon-like: literal flames surround players who are in the zone as the text announces, "Me/ hot./ You/ burn." Abstract curlicues swirl around the ball, net and players to suggest movement. While Adoff's "shaped speech" (made manifest in unorthodox letter spacing) is authoritative, it tends to call attention to itself rather than amplify the substance of the poems. Despite its striking cover of a basketball with a Seurat-like pebbled surface and shiny black lines, this self-conscious book about shooting hoops misses the mark. Ages 8-12. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Basketball -- Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Basketball -- Poetry.
American poetry.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Weaver, Michael, 1962-
Language English
Description 46 pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 16 cm
ISBN 0689801084 (hardcover)
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