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Gus and Grandpa at Basketball
     

Gus and Grandpa at Basketball

by Mills, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
 

"A great intergenerational team." —Kirkus Reviews

Gus loves basketball — that is, basketball practice with Pete, the coach, and shooting baskets at Grandpa's house with only Grandpa's dog, Skipper, in attendance. Basketball games are another story. What if Gus misses every basket, and everybody laughs? If only his parents wouldn't come.

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"A great intergenerational team." —Kirkus Reviews

Gus loves basketball — that is, basketball practice with Pete, the coach, and shooting baskets at Grandpa's house with only Grandpa's dog, Skipper, in attendance. Basketball games are another story. What if Gus misses every basket, and everybody laughs? If only his parents wouldn't come. Gus is especially unnerved by his father's shouting. Then Grandpa comes to Gus's last game and teaches him the secret of success — to tune out the other voices and listen to his own.

Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock present the seventh beginning reader starring Gus and Grandpa, of whom Kirkus Reviews says, "They're lucky to have each other — and readers are lucky to have them."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In the latest addition to the series, Grandpa helps his grandson overcome an emotional obstical that many children will relate to—performance anxiety . . .rich with lessons of persistence, achievement, and family relationships, and it well suited for reading aloud as well as for beginning readers." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature
The team of Gus and Grandpa tackle the problem of basketball performance in this latest from the popular early chapter series for beginning readers. Gus makes baskets when he practices with the team and with his dog Skipper, but does poorly on game days. In fact, the team is having a losing season. Grandpa finally comes to the last game and offers valuable advice to Gus that results in a win for the team. The relationship between Gus and Grandpa is priceless. The well-written text and wonderful illustrations evoke the everyday experiences of a boy and the supportive, gentle grandparent that all children deserve. The book will reward grade one and grade two readers with a story that endures. 2001, Farrar Straus and Giroux, $14.00. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-In the latest addition to the series, Grandpa helps his grandson overcome an emotional obstacle that many children will relate to-performance anxiety. Gus excels during basketball practice, but he is unable to perform during games. The yelling and screaming render him helpless and unable to use his skills. With a sympathetic ear, Grandpa reminds the boy that the voices he hears during the game can be turned off like a hearing aid, a trick his grandfather uses when he needs to hear himself think. Using this advice, Gus takes the winning shot. As in Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train (1998) and Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike (2001, both Farrar), the warm relationship between the two is conveyed through the man's loving support for his grandson's interests. Stock's illustrations, which stand alone on certain pages and are integrated with the text on others, have a vintage quality to them; their watercolor and pencil strokes yield earthy browns and soft blues. The gentle tones and emotional truthfulness complement Mills's text impeccably. Filled with fast-paced action and a bit of humor, the story is also rich with lessons in persistence, achievement, and family relationships, and is well suited for reading aloud as well as for beginning readers.-Louie Lahana, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Distraction is a drag when you have to concentrate, and having Dad in the stands at the basketball game yelling at you to do this and do that can be a major sensory overload. In this seventh title in the Gus and Grandpa series, Gus is introduced to the game of basketball. It's magic out there on the practice court: Gus likes the pace, the coach, and the sweet sound of swish as the ball kisses the net. He continues to play when visiting his Grandpa, who has a beat-up old rim out on the garage. Skipper the dog barks like crazy when Gus plays, to the point where Grandpa turns off his hearing aid "so I can hear myself think." Games, though, are a different matter. Gus can't focus because of the crowd noise and in particular his father calling to him to "get free" and "rebound." Gus is so flustered he never even gets a shot off. The season looks like a disaster until Grandpa shows up at the last game to show Gus a trick on how to turn off the noise-a la Skipper-and erase the competing stimuli. A cagey story, the kind born from the likes of a special relationship shared by Gus and Grandpa, and peacefully, protectively illustrated by Stock's gentle watercolors. "(Easy reader. 6-8)"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374328184
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/07/2001
Series:
Gus and Grandpa Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock have collaborated on all the books in the Gus and Grandpa series, including Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike. Ms. Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Ms. Stock lives in New York City.

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