H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination

1 CD w tr book. 11 min. Live Oak Media. 2014. $31.95. ISBN 9781430117469.
RedReviewStarGr 1–5—Basketball and imagination soar in a game of one-upmanship; H.O.R.S.E., or Ghost, as it is also known, is described as "an anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better contest." Myers and narrator Dion Graham team up to read this original, funny, and entertaining book. Their playful banter incorporates drama and humor as they try to best each other by describing one amazing, outrageous basketball feat after another. Listeners will be thoroughly engaged and waiting intently for the next crazy shot. Sound effects include a basketball swooshing into a net and a jet passing overhead. The game of H.O.R.S.E. is further explained at the end of the book as Myers shares his childhood memories of playing the game with his friends and families. He stresses the reliance on verbal skills, imagination, and the equal playing field nature of the game in which no one has any particular advantage over anyone else.
VERDICT This outstanding selection will appeal to basketball fans, boys, girls, parents, and teachers.

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