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One day at the basketball court, two kids, a familiar challenge--H.O.R.S.E.? But this isn't your grandmother's game of hoops. Not when a layup from the other side of the court, standing on one foot, with your eyes closed is just the warm-up.

Around the neighborhood, around the world, off Saturn's rings . . . the pair goes back and forth. The game is as much about skill as it is about imagination.

A slam dunk from award-winning author and illustrator Christopher Myers, H.O.R.S.E. is a celebration of the sport of basketball, the art of trash-talking, and the idea that what's possible is bounded only by what you can dream.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 1 pages
  • 235 x 315 x 12.7mm | 548g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 1606842188
  • 9781606842188
  • 1,671,008

Review quote

When two boys with big imaginations and lots of bravado meet on the basketball court and agree to play a game of H.O.R.S.E. (where players take turns making the same trick shots), the game quickly gets out of hand--literally, as it turns into wordplay. The boys alternate describing the wildly impossible shots they'll take--from the tops of buildings, after circumnavigating the globe, and from outer space. Each imagined shot builds on the last, upping the ante in what becomes a clever verbal version of H.O.R.S.E. Myers's graceful illustrations employ his signature combination of gouache painting and cut-paper collages using photographs as backgrounds, but there is more painting than collage here, and consequently, more space for the imagination to take flight. We see the bragging twosome, face to face, working up descriptions of their shots, and then we are treated to dynamic double-page spreads of what each shot would look like. Large, bold typography, printed in brown for the dialogue of one boy and dark blue for the other, twists and curls around the page, tracing the movement of the ball--or the movement the ball would make if the two boys ever stopped talking and started playing. This crowd-pleasing picture book will appeal to young children who will enjoy the whimsy, and to older readers who will appreciate the escalating wordplay in the boys' challenges to each other." --The Horn Book Magazine

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About Christopher Myers

Like the ballplayers in this book, Christopher Myers defies gravity every chance he can get. Their imagination took them into outer space; his has taken him from Harlem during its Renaissance in "Harlem: A Poem," written by Walter Dean Myers, to vibrant city streets in "Black Cat," from the bounds of Earth with "Wing" and "Fly!" and into a fiercely fought basketball game in "Jabberwocky," by Lewis Carroll.
For these flights of imagination, Christopher has received many awards and honors, including a Caldecott Honor, three Coretta Scott King Honors, three "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honors, and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated award.
When he isn t working, Christopher plays touch football with a bunch of other artists in Brooklyn, New York."
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498 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 23% (117)
4 41% (205)
3 27% (132)
2 8% (38)
1 1% (6)
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