Basketball Town

by Scott Rothman (Author) Darnell Johnson (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

In an unabashed wish-fulfillment tale for the ultimate basketball fan, a kid wakes up in a fantasy town where everyone plays basketball all day long. Maxwell loves basketball so much, he dreams about it every night--crashing the boards, splashing treys, and taking it to the rack. Then one day he wakes up . . . in Basketball Town!

Everywhere he looks, everyone is hooping, and Maxwell can play anytime he wants. To get him ready for the Championship, the Mayor sends Maxwell to Skillsville, where he aces Alley-Oop Academy and the College of the Crossover, earning his dunking diploma from Phi Slamma Jamma. At the Championship, he's thrilled to discover that his team from home is there, up against the greatest team ever assembled! With Maxwell's team down by twenty and only five minutes to go, can Maxwell and his team work together to give themselves a chance to win?

Anyone scouting for basketball- or sports-themed books for the younger set will want to grab this gem by Scott Rothman, with energetic illustrations by Darnell Johnson--a story full of fun lingo and crackling with action.

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The importance of dedication and teamwork is the ultimate takeaway of Maxwell's stint in Basketball Town. . . readers will come away with good pointers on how to become strong athletes.
Scott Rothman
Scott Rothman is a writer of screenplays and picture books, including Blue Bison Needs a Haircut, Attack of the Underwear Dragon and Return of the Underwear Dragon. His humor writing has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, and McSweeney's. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and kids.

Pete Oswald is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, The Bad Seed, and other books in the Food Group. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed SEL title, The Noise Inside Boys. Pete has worked as a character designer, a concept artist, and an art director on many popular films, including Madagascar 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Angry Birds.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
September 12, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV032020 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Basketball
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