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I Got Next



written and illustrated by
Daria Peoples-Riley

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Greenwillow Bks.
ISBN
9780062657770
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A young basketball player practices on the playground, preparing for an upcoming pickup game while his shadow urges him to play hard and leave his heart on the court. As the boy dribbles and weaves, shoots and scores, his shadow gives him the encouragement he needs to overcome pregame jitters and join the competition.

In the companion to her debut picture book This is It, author-illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley praises hard work, dedication, and the love of the game. With vibrant artwork and a lively, rhythmic text, I Got Next is an exceptional read-aloud. The perfect choice for fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes; Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall; and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña.

Full-color illustrations painted with black sumi ink, gouache, and watercolor, then digitally composited in Photoshop.

Full-color illustrations painted with black sumi ink, gouache, and watercolor, then digitally composited in Photoshop.

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None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book, Sports Fiction

Topics

Basketball. Self-confidence. Shadows. Competition. Inspiration.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

An African American boy is walking through his city neighborhood holding a basketball. “It’s game day!” begins the text, as the child stops into the barbershop before continuing onto the court. He’s accompanied by his trusty companion—a shadowlike silhouette of a kid in a baseball cap. The book’s text consists entirely of the dialogue between these two, using two different fonts. At the b-ball court, the shadow pushes the boy to get ready: “Time to put your game face on! Show me your game face!…Show. Me. Your. Game. FACE.” As the boy warms up, at first hesitant and timid, his companion serves as game announcer, challenger, and encourager as the boy narrates an imaginary game (“I start at the top of the key…Pull up. Follow through”). When it’s time for the real game with other kids, the boy is ready. Peoples-Riley (This Is It, rev. 3/18) creates the book’s urban landscapes with digitally finished mixed-media collages incorporating textures so pronounced that readers will want to touch them. The captivating, hope-filled art on the endpapers features Black heroes such as Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr., and Langston Hughes, set against a colorful cityscape. Placards read¬ing “Forgiveness,” “Love,” “Friendship,” etc., appear near the portraits; “We Live Here” is printed alongside two children holding flowers, surrounded by hum-mingbirds, trees, and rich, warm color. An enjoyable read for sports enthusiasts who need some creative ways to build confidence; pair with Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E. (rev. 1/13).

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

An African American boy is walking through his city neighborhood holding a basketball. “It’s game day!” begins the text, as the child stops into the barbershop before continuing onto the court. He’s accompanied by his trusty companion—a shadowlike silhouette of a kid in a baseball cap. The book’s text consists entirely of the dialogue between these two, using two different fonts. At the b-ball court, the shadow pushes the boy to get ready: “Time to put your game face on! Show me your game face!…Show. Me. Your. Game. FACE.” As the boy warms up, at first hesitant and timid, his companion serves as game announcer, challenger, and encourager as the boy narrates an imaginary game (“I start at the top of the key…Pull up. Follow through”). When it’s time for the real game with other kids, the boy is ready. Peoples-Riley (This Is It, rev. 3/18) creates the book’s urban landscapes with digitally finished mixed-media collages incorporating textures so pronounced that readers will want to touch them. The captivating, hope-filled art on the endpapers features Black heroes such as Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr., and Langston Hughes, set against a colorful cityscape. Placards read¬ing “Forgiveness,” “Love,” “Friendship,” etc., appear near the portraits; “We Live Here” is printed alongside two children holding flowers, surrounded by hum-mingbirds, trees, and rich, warm color. An enjoyable read for sports enthusiasts who need some creative ways to build confidence; pair with Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E. (rev. 1/13).

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