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Hoop Kings

Hoop Kings

by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Cheer on twelve top basketball pros with a dynamic collection of verse by Charles R. Smith Jr., set against vibrant photos of the players in action.
Tim Duncan cashes in double-digit points by banking it off the backboard. Kevin Garnett makes his new-and-improved moves in 3-D. As for the "Super Human Atomic Quake" Shaquille O'Neal, just open the foldout and see what it might take to fill his gargantuan shoes (shown actual size). With pumping, energetic, rap-inspired wordplay, Charles R. Smith Jr. profiles the distinctive playing styles of twelve of the best players in basketball. A striking cover treatment, arresting design, and eye-catching action photos make HOOP KINGS a guaranteed magnet for kids who love basketball--and a valuable find for teachers who love language.

This follow-up to "Hoop Queens," captures the essence of eleven NBA players in riveting poetry full of action and true basketball grit.

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Guided Reading
Candlewick Press (MA)
Number of Pages
Poetry and Rhymes

About the Author

Charles R. Smith Jr. Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author and photographer of a number of children's books, including "Loki & Alex: The Adventures of a Dog & His Best Friend," a Parenting Best Book.

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