Kid Lit: Little Shaq Takes a Chance

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Little Shaq Takes a Chance by Shaquille O’Neal

To be published on April 26, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
This new story in the exciting series created by Shaquille O’Neal and illustrated by Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent award winner Theodore Taylor III, encourages kids to find their own true talents.

Like most kids, Little Shaq doesn’t love trying new things, especially if he might not be very good at them. So when his class is assigned projects for the school’s upcoming art show, he’s not sure that his skills will transfer from the basketball court to the art studio. Rosa Lindy and Barry have their projects all figured out. Can Little Shaq find the confidence to embrace his own style and create a piece for the show?

Continuing this series that celebrates community, family, and education, Little Shaq Takes a Chance will inspire readers the to be brave, have fun, and love reading!

My Thoughts:
This early chapter book is engaging and instructive. It’s written at about a 2nd grade reading level in three chapters, each about 25 pages long. There are illustrations every 2-3 pages, usually taking up a half page.

Little Shaq doesn’t like to try new things. He doesn’t want to eat his mom’s sushi for dinner, and he doesn’t want to do an art project at new school. His mom and his teacher encourage him to keep an open mind, and with a little help from his friends, he makes a really cool sculpture and decides to try the sushi. He’s surprised to find that new things aren’t that scary after all.

I really enjoyed this story. I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but I am definitely going to check out the earlier books from the library. I think my 6 year old will really enjoy them. We’re always on the look out for good early chapter books.

My Rating: 4 stars

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