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Shaq and the beanstalk and other very tall tales
O'Neal, Shaquille.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal relates updated versions of five fairy tales linked together, in each of which he plays a major role: Shaq and the beanstalk; Little Red Riding Shaq; Shaq and the three bears; Shaq's new clothes; and Shaq and the three billy goats gruff.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."
Reading Level:
AD 580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 1.0 42033.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.3 2 Quiz: 17156.
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Clarence Library PZ8.O5885 SH 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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These hip retellings, written in Shaq's own voice, place the basketball superstar in five fractured fairy tales -- Shaq and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Shaq, Shaq and the Three Bears, Shaq's New Clothes and Shaq and the Three Billy Goats Gruff Bursting with lively illustrations and photos of Shaq, this treasury will score big with fans young and old!

Author Notes

Shaquille O'Neal nicknamed "Shaq", is a former American professional basketball player. He is also a rapper, actor, and author. Shaq played college basketball for LSU. He was drafted first overall pick by the NBA in 1992 and has played for the Orlando Magic, 1992-1996; Los Angeles Lakers, where he won 3 consecutive championships, 1996-2004; Miami Heat, where he won his 4th NBA championship, 2004-2008; Phoenix Suns (2008-2009); Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-2010); and Boston Celtics (2010-2011).

O'Neal is the co-author, with Jackie MacMullan, of Shaq Uncut: My Story.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Two highly appealing elements (Shaquille O'Neal and fractured fairy tales) come together in a collection of stories featuring Shaq as a boy. It begins when he is served lima beans at dinner and throws them out the window so he won't have to eat them. Of course a beanstalk grows overnight, and he climbs up to find a giant named George and a Hen That Lays Golden Basketballs. From there he gets to "-outwit the Big Bad Wolf-hang out with the three bears-march in a parade with a real live emperor-and trick a nasty troll. What an adventure!" These larger-than-life tales are related in a vernacular, "gee-whiz" style that suits the book well. While not especially distinctive from a literary point of view, the retellings are clever and fast paced and will go down as easily as a big plate of pancakes at the Three Bears' house (Shaq hates porridge). The bright pictures successfully combine bold paintings, full-color photographs, and lots of white space to create a thoroughly contemporary look. Children will enjoy the offbeat humor and visual surprises. This title will surely score high points with sports fans and/or reluctant readers.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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