The start of a brand new series by Shaquille O'Neal and illustrated by 2014 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent award winner Theodore Taylor III, Little Shaq is sure to be a hit with young readers.
When Little Shaq and his cousin Barry accidentally break their favorite video game, they need to find a way to replace it. That's when Little Shaq's science project inspires a solution: a gardening business. They can water their neighbors' gardens to raise money for a new game! Little Shaq and Barry make a great team both on and off the basketball court, but will their business be as successful as they hoped?
Showing kids that anything is possible with the support of friends and family, Little Shaq will inspire them to love reading, play fair, and have fun!
Read all the books in the Little Shaq series!
Little Shaq Takes a Chance
Little Shaq: Star of the Week
About the Author
Shaquille O'Neal is a retired basketball legend, a businessman, and a current analyst on the Emmy award–winning show Inside the NBA on TNT. During his nineteen-year NBA career, O'Neal was a four-time NBA champion, a three-time Finals MVP, and a fifteen-time All-Star, and was named the 1993 Rookie of the Year. Since his rookie year, O'Neal has been an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a group with whom his relationship goes back to his youth in New Jersey. Passionate about education, he has earned his undergraduate degree from LSU, his MBA from University of Phoenix, and his PhD from Barry University.
Theodore Taylor III was awarded the 2014 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his first picture book, When the Beat Was Born. An artist, designer, and photographer, Theodore earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Little Shaq is the story of Little Shaq and his cousin Barry. They’re the best of friends. They love basketball, but Little Shaq does not let Barry shoot very often. Barry is upset when Little Shaq takes the shot to win the game when he is open but does not get the ball. They also love video games and Barry gets to choose the one to play. When Little Shaq shows Barry up in the game and again does not pass the ball, Barry gets upset and the game gets broken. They try to blame one another and Little Shaq finally realizes how Barry feels. Both boys accept responsibility of paying for a new game. They decide to work together to raise money to pay for it. They come up with the idea to water plants to earn money. They have fun and a few misadventures in their task but by working together and learning that hard work pays off they have enough for two games. Instead of buying the games, Barry and Little Shaq decide to use the money to help out their community by making a community garden, and get all their neighbours and friends to help out. Filled with great illustrations a quick and easy read. The language is simple and the story filled with a sense of community and friendship. A couple of great lessons to learn. The illustrations are cute and certainly add to the story.