This book holds appeal for both girls and boys as both are featured. There is a lot of information covered, and the layout is visually appealing and well organized. The sport of basketball is explained in a unique and interesting way; the reader definitely will not get bored reading this book. The rules of the game are clearly explained on one page, and the remainder of the book is filled with all kinds of interesting information. The basketball itself is described in a very appealing manner. Numerous questions regarding basketball are answered in fun and easy-to-understand terms. Players' apparel is addressed, including some amazing facts about the continuing transformation of sneaker designs. Several "Legends of the Game" are featured, along with photographs. Illustrations are found throughout the book, adding much color, humor, and originality. A glossary, or "Basketball Talk," is included at the back. Overall, this book is a very comprehensive, creative, vibrant, and appealing summary of the game of basketball. 2005, Maple Tree Press, Ages 9 to 12.
Lisa B. C. O'Connell