I Got Next
I Got Next encourages hard work and determination and celebrates the imagination and the joy of basketball. Fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes, will devour this exuberant book.
Time to play! Put your game face on, play to win. Fight, all the way to the end.
A young basketball player practices on the playground, preparing for an upcoming pickup game while his shadow urges him to play hard and leave his heart on the court. As the boy dribbles and weaves, shoots and scores, his shadow gives him the encouragement he needs to overcome pregame jitters and join the competition.
In the companion to her debut picture book This Is It, author-illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley praises hard work, dedication, and the love of the game. With vibrant artwork and a lively, rhythmic text, I Got Next is an exceptional read-aloud. The perfect choice for fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes, and Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall.
What I loved: Always great to have books which feature diverse children, and this is a fun one. With minimal dialogue and colorful pictures, children will enjoy this brief read about basketball. The underlying messages are about self-encouragement and self-confidence. The text goes artfully with the images, and it is overall just plain fun.
Final verdict: This is a colorful and fun book about encouraging yourself to make new friends. With basketball and brief dialogue, children will enjoy making their own game faces and learning to say I GOT NEXT!