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You might expect a sister or brother to race off with your brand new skateboard, but your mom?! But that's just what happened. She grabbed the board and skated down the sidewalk, catching air and popping ollies.

It turns out this mom was a skateboarding queen in her day and the whole neighborhood is amazed at the tricks she can do. But there's just one problem. How is her son going to get the skateboard back?

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Overview

You might expect a sister or brother to race off with your brand new skateboard, but your mom?! But that's just what happened. She grabbed the board and skated down the sidewalk, catching air and popping ollies.

It turns out this mom was a skateboarding queen in her day and the whole neighborhood is amazed at the tricks she can do. But there's just one problem. How is her son going to get the skateboard back?

An eight-year-old boy gets a skateboard for his birthday, but when his mom tries it out, she has so much fun that she won't give it back.

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When the narrator gets a skateboard for his eighth birthday, he discovers his mother's dark secret: she's a former skateboard queen. Co-opting his skateboard as soon as the wrapping paper is off, Mom executes ollies and spins like a pro, seemingly deaf to her son's requests that she return the gift to its rightful owner. Dad counsels patience and understanding: "She used to be a champion, your dear ol' mom./ She even rode her skateboard to our Senior Prom." The boy realizes there's only one way to get his skateboard back: buy Mom one of her own, then ask, "Would you, could you, teach me to skate?" Debut author Odanaka-who is founder of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms-hits a few bumps in her rhyming, but she makes Mom's goofy greatness worth cheering. Adinolfi (My Teacher's Secret Life), working in fluorescent hues and a genially raw mixed-media style, leaves no doubt that the title character is a woman possessed: Mom has bright, half-moon eyes perpetually focused on the horizon, electrified hair and a grin worthy of the Cheshire cat. But she's more than willing to share-after all, isn't that what moms do? Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Do you love skateboarding? This mom does; and so does granny. "She grabbed my board, I heaved a great sigh, Granny—dear Granny—had a gleam in her eye." In this rhyming story of an eight-year-old boy's birthday party, a present, a skateboard, gets grabbed by his mom, the "Skateboard Queen." Every mom wants to be adored by her child and this special mom has the secret, be a big kid again, at least for a while. His mom's passion for skateboarding led her to board her way to her senior prom; And, "when it was time to walk down the aisle, [she] chose to glide [in] skateboard style." Can her son get his skateboard back? The watercolor, gouche, and colored pencil artwork combine to bring this birthday party to life in vivid blue, reds, yellows and purples. The story makes us ponder the true joys in life. 2004, GP Putnam's Sons, Ages 7 up.
—Sue Stefurak
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Gr 1-4-When an eight-year-old boy receives a skateboard as a birthday present, he also gets a big surprise. A gleam appears in his mother's eye and before he knows what's happening, she puts on a helmet and skips out the door to take a spin on his new set of wheels. As his friends look on aghast, Mom zips down the sidewalk and performs ollies and spins. When her son asks her to return his gift, she is so "skateboard crazed" that she does not reply. He tries to bargain with her but to no avail. At this point Dad explains that Mom is a skateboard champion: she even glided down the aisle at their wedding. The boy immediately knows what to do. He grabs his piggy bank, buys a skateboard for her, and asks her to teach him how to ride. They begin to roll away when Granny yells, "Stop!" and takes the youngster's board with a gleam in her eye. Done in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils, the dynamic, quirky illustrations capture the energy and humor of this rhyming tale.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Odanaka's tale has a good measure of whimsy-a mom hijacks her son's skateboard, which he has just received as a birthday present, and sets about strutting her stuff, revealing a hidden skateboarding past-but the poetry can be disappointing. The rhymes have off-beats with all the fluidity of square wheels-" 'See you later,' she said, skipping out the door. / 'See you later,' she said, not a single word more"-and the writing can display a certain rigor mortis: "Clickety-clack. Clickety-clack / 'Mom, can I have my skateboard back?' / Clickety-clack. Clickety-clack. / 'Please, may I have my skateboard back?' " Yet, the nutty story survives even these inadequacies. Adinolfi's art, on the other hand, is steadily fun-offbeat in the right ways-with the characters looking like they've been ironed onto the page, somehow frozen in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399238673
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/3/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Odanaka was a member of the Hobie amateur skateboard team as a kid and is the founder of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    Incredible!

    I read it to my child who is sick with the flu and he just couldn't get enough! It made him forget about his illness and start acting like the sport I always knew he was. I recommend it to anyone with a child who enjoys a good story.

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