Little Shaq (#1)
The start of a brand new series by Shaquille O'Neal and illustrated by 2014 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent award winner Theodore Taylor III, "Little Shaq "is sure to be a hit with young readers.
When Little Shaq and his cousin Barry accidentally break their favorite video game, they need to find a way to replace it. That's when Little Shaq's science project inspires a solution: a gardening business. They can water their neighbors' gardens to raise money for a new game! Little Shaq and Barry make a great team both on and off the basketball court, but will their business be as successful as they hoped?
Showing kids that anything is possible with the support of friends and family, "Little Shaq "will inspire them to love reading, play fair, and have fun!
"The straightforward language is well-tailored to the target audience, and there's no missing the earnest, obvious messages about compromise, teamwork, and community involvement." --Publishers Weekly
"A conflict-resolution story that may well inspire young sports lovers to garden--or young gardeners to pick up a basketball." --Kirkus Reviews
"The language is simple and the story filled with a sense of community and friendship. . . A sweet addition to chapter book collections." --School Library Journal
Shaquille O'Neal is a retired basketball legend, a businessman, and a current analyst on the Emmy award winning show "Inside the NBA "on TNT. During his nineteen-year NBA career, O'Neal was a four-time NBA champion, a three-time Finals MVP, and a fifteen-time All-Star, and was named the 1993 Rookie of the Year. Since his rookie year, O'Neal has been an ambassador for the Boys Girls Clubs of America, a group with whom his relationship goes back to his youth in New Jersey. Passionate about education, he has earned his undergraduate degree from LSU, his MBA from University of Phoenix, and his PhD from Barry University. Visit him online at www.shaq.com or on Twitter @Shaq.
Theodore Taylor III was awarded the 2014 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his first picture book, "When the Beat Was Born." An artist, designer, and photographer, Theodore earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son. Visit him online at www.theodore3.com.