Published by Greenwillow Books
Summary: A young boy’s shadow comes to life and becomes his coach as a basketball game is about to begin. “Show me your game face!” he says, and after a few tries, the boy finds the right face, going from scared to ferociously confident. With ten seconds left in the game, the shadow tells the boy to show what he knows. Using his skills, he slowly closes the five-point gap to win the game. “Work hard”, “Don’t quit”, and “Never give up” are the final words of wisdom as the boy gets ready for another game. The endpapers include a mural with pictures of famous African-Americans along the bottom of the pages. 40 pages; ages 4-9.
Pros: A beautiful, empowering book for sports fans with collage illustrations that the Caldecott committee might want to take a closer look at.
Cons: I might have appreciated the story more if I knew one thing about basketball.