Stars of the NBA

Abbeville. Nov. 2021. 64p. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780789214164.
Gr 3-5–Welcome to the NBA, where stars are made! This book explores some of the biggest names of the game, from LeBron James to Zion Williamson. Players are each given a spread with a short biography that includes career highlights, a player action photo, and fun facts. Given the limited scope, there is no back matter. The sentence structure is simple and ideal for reluctant readers. While the photos of the players are good quality, some of them depict the athletes with other players, and it may take readers a moment to pick out the subject. In some instances, photos show players in their former uniforms; for example, Kyrie Irving is depicted in his Celtics uniform, even though he has been playing for the Brooklyn Nets since 2019.
VERDICT An acceptable purchase for those collections that are looking to bump up their basketball section, but there are better choices for discerning fans. Try instead James Buckley Jr.’s It’s a Numbers Game! Basketball: The Math Behind the Perfect Bounce Pass, the Buzzer-Beating Bank Shot, and So Much More!

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