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Sep 20 2017

Little Shaq takes a chance by Shaquille O'Neal

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Ill. by Theodore Taylor. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781619638785
(Age: 6+) Recommended. Themes: Talent; Friendship. Little Shaq loves basketball and he is good at it but is a little worried that he might not be good at art. He doesn't really want to try something new (including trying new foods). These struggles are happily overcome with the support of friends and family.
This early chapter book is a simple and encouraging look at family, growing up and talents. Written by a very famous basketballer, it is an unpretentious view of the journey through life for the talented Little Shaq. The bright illustrations are appealing and helpful for an early chapter book reader as they transition from picture books to novels.
Carolyn Hull

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