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Rimshots : basketball pix, rolls, and rhythms
Smith, Charles R., Jr., 1969-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
31 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Stories and poems about playing basketball.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.2 0.5 44592.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.8 3 Quiz: 21924.
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I want to thank you for helping me to exceed my goal. As you can see, your endless talk and chatter only served as fuel for my fire. And judging from the score, you just got burned.This major debut from a talented young writer and photographer is a righteously entertaining medley of quick stories, poems, jokes, and prose meditations focusing on The Game as played by high school and college hopefuls, street warriors, and the pros they all admire. Gritty duotone photographs of street courts and young urban players provide the perfect venue for the bold design of the text as it hums and weaves across the spreads.Inspired by his love of African-American rhythms in writing and jazz, Charles Smith has created a paean to his favorite game that will drive readers' imaginations from the page to the courts and back again.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. Like Robert Burleigh's Hoops, a Booklist Editors' Choice '97, this sweeps readers into the excitement of a basketball game, but this time the court is on an inner-city street and the text isn't a story in poetry but a collection comprising rhythmical prose that has the flavor of rap, inspirational musings, and concrete poetry. Design is an integral part of the whole. Display type, boldface, italics, and small and large fonts make words leap from the pages. The effect is sometimes too busy, with a purposeful rather than a natural feel. However, the mix usually works, adding energy and drama as narrators look longingly on from the sidelines, anxiously await a pass, or justify an off game with a woeful "I didn't wear my right headband." With too many feet and not enough faces, the sepia-tone photos aren't exceptionally varied, but, blurry with movement, they still catch the frenzied energy of African American players at home on the courts--feet flying, arms arching, hoops swishing. Best of all, Smith's love of the game shines through on every page. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0525460993Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

The endlessly energetic design is the most valuable player in this passionate, idiosyncratic collection of basketball photos, anecdotes, poems and reflections. Lots of colored type and artfully deployed fonts rev up commonplace observations or recollections ("I remember when I was the shortest on the team"; "I remember seeing my parents in the stands, even though I just played the bench"); key words pop out in bright type to give the text the syncopated rhythm of courtside conversations. Curving lines of poems virtually roll across some spreads, enticing even verse-o-phobes to read closely. Smith ranges from the obvious (games he has played, action on the court) to the wry (a page titled "Excuses") to the idiosyncratic (writers whose books he read as he worked on this book) to the poignant (e.g., "Meek"). A professional photographer, Smith is at his best with his informal, sepia-toned photos of basketball action on street courts, which focus largely on players' feet and legs rather than faces‘a sophisticated treatment that goes well with the hip-hop look of the text. This unconventional book might well sneak up on kids who don't think they like to read and score a slam-dunk. Ages 8-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Smith's variety of poetic form, rhythm, type style, and color is as dazzling as his players' footwork, fakes, and high-jump maneuvers. The game action is in the hip-hop and jazz-driven beat. Descriptive details of player moves, sepia photos, and layouts that allow the page to become the court will excite young sports enthusiasts. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.