Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!

Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!

by Anne Rockwell, Paul Meisel
     
 

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When it comes to basketball, the Porker twins, Brendan and Belinda, are at the top of their game. They shoot hoops every chance they get, they practice regularly, and at night they study televised pro games with their dad. He hopes that one day they'll be as good as the superstars they see on TV!

No one is happier than Mr. Porker when the twins are

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When it comes to basketball, the Porker twins, Brendan and Belinda, are at the top of their game. They shoot hoops every chance they get, they practice regularly, and at night they study televised pro games with their dad. He hopes that one day they'll be as good as the superstars they see on TV!

No one is happier than Mr. Porker when the twins are recruited to join the elite Jump Shot Juniors League. Except now Brendan and Belinda don't have time for anything but basketball. They are exhausted. But how can they disappoint Dad, their biggest fan?

This action-packed book by Anne Rockwell and Paul Meisel stars two wise young athletes who know that playing for the top-notch team isn't nearly as important as enjoying the game—on and off the court.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
This story about basketball-playing piggies doubles as a cautionary tale for sports-obsessed parents. Twins Brendan and Belinda Porker are naturals at the sport, and instant stars of the Saturday afternoon All-Hoops Parents and Kids League. Dad constantly has them practicing and going over plays, encouraging them to become superstars "like Mike." When the opportunity arises, he signs them up for the Jump Shot Juniors, and their days are filled with even more basketball. One snow-filled Saturday, when Dad wants to tear the kids away from their snowman to get to the gym, they burst into tears. "Don't you want to be superstars? Don't you want to be like Mike?" Mr. Porker asks sadly. "Well-maybe we'll be superstars someday," answers Brendan. But not yet, adds Belinda. Dad wisely listens when his children tell him they have had too much of a good thing, and even spends the rest of the day sledding with them. Although the title is somewhat misleading, Rockwell's message is a good one. Meisel's action pictures are uncluttered and kid-friendly, and the pigs' facial expressions capture their glad and sad moods perfectly. An enjoyable read for all sports-minded kids, with a reminder that games are supposed to be fun, for both the kids and their parents.
—Martha SimpsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060284473
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Edition description:
Library Bound Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut.

Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including What's So Bad About Gasoline?, Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, and Energy Makes Things Happen in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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