Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms

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Puffin Books, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Sweet feet spin on concrete as I dribble to the beat of my own drum.

The power, strength, and determination of the game of basketball are all here in striking photographs and sizzling stories, poems, and reflections. From frustration to humor, joy, and triumph, this hip-hop celebration of basketball captures all the passion and excitement of the players.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

A book of poems about basketball; free verse, concrete, word splash, etc. A great title for my classroom! Update: It turns out that the poem "The Sweetest Roll" was a major hit with a few classes full ... Read full review

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This is a collection of poems about the game of basketball and the feelings that may surround certain aspects of the game. The poems are illustrated with actual pictures of some aspect of the game ... Read full review


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Charles R. Smith Jr. says that while growing up in California, he read anything he could get his hands on. "Reading books filled with stories and poems inspired me to write my own," he says. "The more I read, the more I wrote. And if I wasn't reading a book, I was playing a sport: I played everything, particularly basketball, and spent many afternoons on the court, perfecting my jump shot." While working on his high school yearbook as a writer, Charles R. Smith Jr. was introduced to photography and immediately decided to make a career out of it. He graduated from photography school and headed to New York to pursue his dream. "I continued with my writing, and, with a heavy influence of rap music,
began writing more poetry instead of stories," he says. "Now, I have combined my photographic skills with my love of reading, writing, and sports to create an exciting career for myself!" Among the books the poet-photographer has written and illustrated is RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALL PIX, ROLLS, AND RHYTHMS, which was selected as an American Library Association Notable Children's Book.

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