What I absolutely love about this book is how inspiring it is. The Wizenard Proverbs at the start of each chapter are such a gift and offer beautiful insights and food for thought. Beyond that, Reggie’s experience itself is eye opening. He's logging so many hours trying to be better, but can’t figure out why he's not improving, blaming it on everyone but himself. A few times, I’ve certainly needed to step back myself and look at the bigger picture, and believe many will be able to relate to that.
I also enjoy Reggie’s family- his grandma and P. My heart broke when Reggie’s grandma was sick, but was unable to go to the doctor’s because it was too expensive. Many will relate to the helplessness Reggie feels in that moment, as our dreams are often linked to wanting to make life better for our loved ones. On a more positive note, I’m very intrigued by P’s relationship to soccer and I hope that’s a topic that will be explored in subsequent books.
Aside from that, I found the world and the plotline with Reggie’s parents a bit underdeveloped, but the moments related to basketball were so interesting that I forgave it. Wesley King did a great job at capturing Kobe’s spirit in this book. There were many moments that I heard Kobe’s voice in my head and could feel his thumbprint on the story.
Overall, THE WIZENARD: SEASON ONE is the perfect book to give a kid who is chasing a dream, whether it’s in sports, or elsewhere. This series will show them the importance of dedication, commitment, friendship, and a healthy dose of competition.