Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: Crazy About Basketball by Loris Lesynski; art by Gerry Rasmussen


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The footsteps pound / the shoes all squeak / the crowd is loud / the floorboard creak / but still we can hear it--that smallest sound-- / the one that's high above the ground / the most important noise of all / that swishing of the basketball!
This new collection of more than 40 poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Crazy About Basketball! is full of energy and humor, and is sure to appeal to anyone who has ever played the sport.
Wonderfully ridiculous artwork and catchy, rhythmic poems highlight both the silly and serious side of the sport, with emphasis on training, tactics, and teamwork, but most of all, on having fun. This is a perfect complement to Lesynski and Rasmussen's previous collaboration, Crazy About Soccer!

MY TAKE:
I like basketball and I used to be really into poetry, so I thought this would be interesting to read.

Crazy About Basketball features a number of poems, both long and short, that celebrates everything about basketball.

The thing about poetry books is that chances are, not every poem is going to work for everyone. For the most part, I liked the poems, especially since they used different rhyme schemes. However, there were some that didn't quite appeal to me. Usually it was because it was too short or felt forced or the topic didn't interest me.

The illustrations were mostly okay for me. The coloring was nice, overall, but the actual drawing style didn't always appeal to me.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The poems use different rhyme schemes.
  2. It covers different aspects of basketball.
  3. There's plenty of variety when it comes to layout, poems and illustrations.

THE BAD:

  1. Some of the poems might not work for everyone.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
the world is made
of bounce and aim
basketball's
not just a game

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child likes basketball.
  2. Your child likes poems.
  3. You want your basketball-loving child to be more interested in poetry.

RATING:
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