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Hooray Jose!

Hooray Jose!

by Michael Garland
A little mouse proves to his basketball team that he has big talent.


A little mouse proves to his basketball team that he has big talent.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Jose is a very little mouse with big basketball dreams. He has his favorite teams and loves to play. He hangs out at the basketball court, but no one picks him for their team because he is so short. Even though the members of the Mice team never ask him to play, Jose practices diligently. He develops some new trick shots, including a cross-over fake-out and a great hook shot. The Mice finally relent and allow Jose on the team. But during the games Jose sits on the sidelines. He is on the team, but they never ask him to play, even when someone is hurt. It is Championship Day. The Mice will be playing the Rats. On the way to the park, Felix, the best players, hurts his arm. Jose knows it is finally his day. Yet, though he is technically in the game, no one passes him the ball. Finally, he gets it on a bounce and, using his secret weapon, races in for a slam dunk. The Mice win the game. This very predictable tale suffers from rhyming text.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3 - José is "a small mouse with big basketball dreams." Though no one ever picks him to play because of his size, he continues to work on his skills, improving his "crossover fake-out," perfecting his drive to the hoop, and practicing endless foul shots. Worn down by his constant pleading, the Mice finally let him on their team, but keep him on the bench. However, on Championship Day, their best player gets injured on the way to the game (an unfortunate accident involving a baited mousetrap), and Jose finally gets his chance. Though his teammates refuse to give him the ball, he intercepts a pass made by the Rats, bounds into the air toward the hoop, and makes the winning basket. The buoyant, rhyming text keeps the plot moving quickly. The illustrations, which are rendered in Photoshop, feature pseudo-realistic-looking rodents sporting bright team jerseys. Backdrops showing apartment buildings and storefronts delineate the urban setting. The game action is vibrantly depicted, as is José's moment of triumph. Shared aloud or read independently, this upbeat story will encourage young athletes who face challenges yet dream big, and makes a point about good sportsmanship to those who are more used to succeeding.-Joy Fleishhacker,School Library Journal

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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