Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review: The Playbook by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander - how many awesome books can one person write, really? I hope a zillion, because I am so grateful for each new piece, and this one did not disappoint!

With photographs from Thai Neave (insta: shootinghoops), Kwame Alexander pairs inspirational quotes and anecdotes along his 52 rules in the book. While the number of rules make it sort of impossible to remember them all, the greater message you walk away with is belief - in hard work, persistence, grit and perseverance.

With powerful, inspiring content and a format that is airy, easy to access, and breathable - this book is a great piece for readers of any grade, I'd say probably especially grades 4-8, & beyond depending on the interest and reader.

Subdivided into sections: Warm-Up: The Rules, 1st Quarter: Grit, 2nd Quarter: Motivation, Halftime: Passion, 3rd Quarter: Focus, 4th Quarter: Teamwork and Resilience, & Overtime, each thematically plays back so well into the advice given in the poems, stories, and quotes along the way.

PS - One of the things I love most, not even related to the text, but the way Alexander publishes his books - they always have the most unique physical pieces that really make the whole experience of reading his books creatively minded from cover to cover - the textured lining paper - THE BEST. (It may be hard to see in the picture, but i promise you the little basketball-esque edges are indeed there) Such a nice tactile addition to run the theme in every sense possible!

"Champions Train. Chumps Complain" (9) 

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