Home-Field Advantage

Home-Field Advantage

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by Justin Tuck, Leonardo Rodriguez
     
 

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Imagine the toughest, meanest-looking, strongest NFL player you can. Now imagine him growing up while being bossed around and pushed around by his five older sisters. The comical scenes are endless and Justin shows that toughness comes in all forms. Illustrations from newcomer Leonardo Rodriguez to make a picture book that appeals to a wide audience.  See more details below

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Imagine the toughest, meanest-looking, strongest NFL player you can. Now imagine him growing up while being bossed around and pushed around by his five older sisters. The comical scenes are endless and Justin shows that toughness comes in all forms. Illustrations from newcomer Leonardo Rodriguez to make a picture book that appeals to a wide audience.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tuck, an NFL football star and literacy advocate, makes his children's book debut with an upbeat autobiographical tale. "When people ask me how I got to be so tough, I say, ‘You'd be tough too, if you grew up with... my five sisters!' " he writes. In brassy, caricatured watercolors, Mad magazine cartoonist Rodriguez depicts the siblings as feisty and bright-eyed—especially twins Christale and Tiffany, first seen smirking and holding a hose that they turn on Justin. Noting that the twins "especially helped me to be extra tough," the author recalls the day they dragged him outdoors to cut his hair. Rodriguez keeps readers in suspense for a bit, before revealing the boy's disastrous reverse Mohawk. Although it's a pretty thin anecdote on which to build a book, the story radiates familial warmth and cohesiveness, well before the author spells it out explicitly: "Even when they did things like this, I knew they loved me and I loved them." New York Giants fans in particular ought to get a kick out of this slice-of-life offering. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
National Football League star Justin Tuck, who currently plays defensive end for the New York Giants, is known for being tough. He attributes it to surviving life with his five sisters, at least according to this spirited picture book. His twin sisters, Christale and Tiffany, are particularly hard on him. One day they talk him into letting them give him a haircut ("We've watched Mama do it plenty of times," they reassure him), though they have much more enthusiasm than skill. Justin is so horrified by the results—a "reverse mohawk"—that he dives under his covers and stays there all day. Despite antics like these, he reassures his audience that his sisters love him and he loves them, and the grown-up siblings are pictured together. The watercolor illustrations by Rodriguez (a contributing cartoonist for Mad magazine) are a delight, full of personality and marvelously expressive faces. The use of different angles at various points is effective, as when the parents come home and loom over the twins, asking where Justin is, and we see the girls' cowed and guilty faces peering upward. This is a warm family tale, full of fun and mischief, and it's sure to be a popular read-aloud. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In a conversational style, the New York Giants' defensive end tells the story of when his twin sisters, Christale and Tiffany, decide to give him a haircut. The results are eye-popping. Justin sees his mangled hair in a mirror and holes up in his room. He remains in bed until his parents return home and bawls when they pull off his blanket. The sisters admit that maybe they did go a bit too far, apologize, and assure him that they love him. He acknowledges that he knows he is loved, but also notes that over time he became less of a pushover. The plot is realistic and believable. Rodriguez's comical watercolor illustrations match well with the text. The children's exaggerated expressions capture Justin and his sisters' changing emotions. A good choice for storytimes or independent reading.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews

There's such a big heart to this picture-book memoir you'd have to be a drizzly-Sunday-afternoon-in-winter sourpuss not to recognize its grin potential.

Tuck, an All-Pro defensive end for the New York Giants, wasn't always a tough hombre. He was once a little kid with five sisters who knew how to put him in his place. In this tale of sibling good intentions gone awry, they administer a haircut and Tuck emerges as a rather young example of male pattern baldness, or, as his sister tells their appalled mother, "We didn't mean for it to turn out like a reverse Mohawk." It's a pleasing story, easy and enjoyable to move through—which make this book, part of a literacy project Tuck started, a boon for young sportsters who need some encouragement to read. They will appreciate the devious, heady watercolors, which display more than a touch ofMadmagazine (where Rodriguez is an illustrator). Tuck's tribulations, because of his modesty, good nature and the fact that he becomes a professional football player anyway, add to the affectionate nature of the story. This is a family that stays and pulls together; sure, your sisters may make you look like Bozo the Clown, but that doesn't mean they don't love you, or that, even if you are 6'5" and 274 pounds, they don't still dominate you.

As celebrity picture books go, this one's a sight more palatable than most.(Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442434295
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
08/30/2011
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SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
16 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Justin Tuck was born in Coosa County Alabama and went on to play for Notre Dame College. He is currently a Pro-Bowl defensive end for the New York Giants. This is his first book for children.

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Home-Field Advantage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TonyPNJ More than 1 year ago
Child friendly with very funny pictures. I found it hilarious. Definitely a keeper in our home.
FattyHamiltonNJ More than 1 year ago
We loved this book even though my baby is an EAGLE fan (boooooo); He play pop warner football in Hamilton, NJ as a running back and this is our bed time story book. Justin you are funny give us more, please! GO BIG BLUE! :-)