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Hoop Kings

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"Will have enormous appeal for all ages. . . . Readers will experience a wild ride!" — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

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 Shaquille O’Neal, just see what it might take to fill his gargantuan shoes (shown actual size). With pumping, ene
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published 2004)
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Mar 28, 2014 Gautam rated it it was amazing
Hoop Kings, by Charles R. Smith Jr. is a collection of poems about NBA players, some who play now, and others who used to play. It was published in 2007, and is 40 pages long. It is a quick read, but it is really good.

Here is an excerpt from the book: (Read poem about Tracy McGrady)
I read this book because my brother Gaurav recommended it to me, and also because I need to read a poetry book for the Big 40. I enjoyed reading because of the language and word choice that the author used, and how t
The rhythmic poetry of Charles R. Smith in Hoop Kings was a lot of fun. Unfortunately a lot of the players listed have either retired or will retire soon. So it goes though in the world of professional sports. These poems do a great job of capturing the legacies of these athletes while they were on the court.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Well, I'm not a basketball fan, but Charles R. Smith's poetry is so rhythmic and descriptive that you can't help but be drawn in. I met the author at a local librarians' dinner, and was impressed by the fact that he doesn't just recite his poetry--he performs it. I particularly liked at the end of the book his notes on why he chose the images and poetic forms for his poems. Reluctant poetry readers might like this. Recommended.
Emerson School  Library
A short but awesome collection of spoken-word style odes to male basketball stars. Great for identifying and discussing assonance, alliteration, and meter. A fabulous selection for nonfiction poetry, National Poetry Month, and to pair with biography studies.
Devin A.
May 15, 2009 Devin A. rated it it was amazing
i really like this book because it tells you poems about the person.
it also shows shaq real foot. mad big
interesting book.
read only if u like poems.
Paul  Hankins
A poetic celebration of some of basketball's most celebrated players.
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Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award-winning author, photographer, and poet with more than thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for illustration for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem "My People" and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his biography of Muhammad Ali, Twelve Rounds to Glory. He is the author of Rimshots, Hoop Kings, Hoop Queens, Tall Ta ...more
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