Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice. Jack Prelutsky, a virtuoso at making poetry fun for the elementary school crowd, includes in this inspired collection poems about baseball, soccer, football, skating, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, karate, and more. His signature lighthearted humor in verse that trips off the tongue is coupled here with the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka's lickety-split, stylized (and stylish) watercolors. Every page is a blaze of color and motion. Whether Good Sports will create good sports remains to be seen, but it will prove to young boys (and girls) that reading poetry can be fun.
Starred Review, Booklist, March 2007:
"Prelutsky's smoothly rhyming quatrains, ideal for recitation, cover team sports . . . as well as several individual ones,and celebrate disciplined efforts as exuberantly as noncompetitive play."
WINNER 2007 - New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
WINNER 2008 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award
Jack Prelutsky is widely recognized by elementary school teachers and students as the most popular poet working today. He has written more than 40 books of verse, including The New Kid on the Block, The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders, What a Day It Was at School, and compiled 11 poetry anthologies. He lives in Seattle, Washington.Chris Raschka has illustrated a number of distinguished picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes!, which he also wrote; A Poke in the I and A Kick in the Head, both compiled by Paul Janeczko; and the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster. He lives in New York City.