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Crazy About Basketball

Crazy About Basketball

By Loris Lesynski
Illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen
Interest Age: 8–10
Grade: 3–5
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RF.2-3.4b

Hardcover : 9781554515417, 32 pages, September 2013 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback : 9781554515400, 32 pages, September 2013 , 9.25" x 7.5"


A poetic homage to basketball!

The footsteps pound.
The high-tops squeak.
The crowd is loud.
The floorboards creak.
But through it all,
we catch the sound,
the one that’s high above the ground,
that most important noise of all:
the swishing of the basketball.
Doesn’t even touch the rim
just whooooosh—
y’hear it?
YES, it’s in!

This new collection of more than 30 poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Crazy About Basketball! is full of energy and humor, and is sure to appeal to anyone who has ever played the sport.

Wonderfully ridiculous artwork and catchy, rhythmic poems highlight both the silly and serious side of the sport, with emphasis on training, tactics, and teamwork, but most of all, on having fun. A perfect complement to Lesynski’s and Rasmussen’s previous collaboration, Crazy About Soccer!


“The book truly is a call to action to . . . get on that court and shoot some hoops! Celebrate it together!”

- Storywraps, 09/29/13

“Even if you don’t play basketball, the rhythms and chants, emotions and colorful illustrations will win you over to the game.”

- CM Reviews, 11/01/13

“Another stellar book . . . sure . . . to encourage an appreciation of the rhyme and rhythm of our language. What a bonus for all!”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 11/14/13

“Young B-Ballers . . . will find Crazy about Basketball! to be a slam-dunk.”

- Long Island Pulse Magazine, 12/13

“Rasmussen’s colourful and playful illustrations complement the vibrancy and humour of Lesynski’s poem.” 

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 02/14

“A good way to introduce poetry to children who may be reluctant to read it.”

- Resource Links, 12/13