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An eight-year-old boy gets a skateboard for his birthday, but when his mom--who was a skateboarding queen in her day--tries it out, she has so much fun that she won't give it back.
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Barbara Odanaka was a member of the Hobie amateur skateboard team as a kid and is the founder of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-4-When an eight-year-old boy receives a skateboard as a birthday present, he also gets a big surprise. A gleam appears in his mother's eye and before he knows what's happening, she puts on a helmet and skips out the door to take a spin on his new set of wheels. As his friends look on aghast, Mom zips down the sidewalk and performs ollies and spins. When her son asks her to return his gift, she is so "skateboard crazed" that she does not reply. He tries to bargain with her but to no avail. At this point Dad explains that Mom is a skateboard champion: she even glided down the aisle at their wedding. The boy immediately knows what to do. He grabs his piggy bank, buys a skateboard for her, and asks her to teach him how to ride. They begin to roll away when Granny yells, "Stop!" and takes the youngster's board with a gleam in her eye. Done in gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils, the dynamic, quirky illustrations capture the energy and humor of this rhyming tale.
Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Book Description G.P Putnam's Sons, New York, NY. USA, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Adinolfi, JoAnn (illustrator). 1st Edition. 1st edition/1st printing. Seller Inventory # 009691
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