Title: Shaquille O’Neal, Little Shaq
Author: Shaquille O’Neal
Illustrator: Theodore Taylor III
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Summary: Little Shaq is a great basketball player, but not so great at sharing the ball. When his cousin, Barry, gets mad at him for hogging the ball, he accidentally breaks the video game. Little Shaq and Barry need to work together to earn enough money to replace the game. They start a watering business and water all the plants in the neighborhood. They finally have enough money to buy a new game, in fact they have more than enough money. So the boys decide to buy some supplies to build a garden at the rec center. With the help of all the neighbors, Little Shaq and Barry plant a community garden.
Literary Merit: Three easy-to-read chapters. Kid-friendly plot. High interest topic. Similar to the Little Bill series (Bill Cosby).
Kid Appeal: Written by a famous, retired, basketball player. Sports fans, especially basketball fans, will love this story.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Early Chapter Book category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.