The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale

Farrar. Jan. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374313289.
K-Gr 4–A tall tale straight from the neighborhood basketball court. With elongated figures that show emotion and action without being overly literal, the art joins with the story to capture a summer of basketball and an enigmatic hero. “Gravity,” as his teammates soon name him, arrives on the neighborhood court one day and quickly finds a dominant place on the team with his impressive basketball skills. The team comes to rely on him and his prowess as they make their way to the neighborhood championship. In the end, Gravity cannot do it all on his own but teaches his friends the valuable lesson of the importance of teamwork. This highly inspiring tale has a great deal of heart and will appeal to readers who enjoy basketball and characters who inspire. The art is expressive and sophisticated; combined with the story, this makes for an outstanding addition to the canon of tall tales.
VERDICT A brand new tall tale that will encourage readers to invent or locate heroes of their own. Include this immensely engaging tribute to the power of being part of a team into any sports book collection.

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