HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: NBA Game Day: From Morning Until Night, Behind the Scenes in the NBA
Authors: Joe Layden and James Preller
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., 1997
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages: 7 – 10
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Layden, Joe, and Preller, James. NBA Game Day: From Morning Until Night, Behind the Scenes in the NBA (published in 1997 by Scholastic Inc.). Both of our boys went through a “basketball phase” when they were young, but it really didn’t last very long for either of them. However, during that time, they read anything on which they could get their hands about the subject. Packed with over 75 full-color, official NBA photos, this book, which our older son Mark got from the library, gives kids an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the life of an NBA player. They will see players during travel and meals, at practice, with their families, and much more. It begins with the morning workout, known as a shootaround, and ends with the custodian’s sweeping the court after the game.
In between, a player conducts a clinic for children, trainers help with injuries, coaches set strategy, and a game is played. Several players are featured, including Charles Barkley, shown stretching; Cedric Ceballos, pictured laughing during an interview; and Dennis Rodman, caught flying through the air, parallel to the floorboards. The book celebrates not only the sport but also the photographers, 26 of whom are represented, who capture the essence of the game for the sports pages of newspapers. By showing a day in the life of an NBA player, relaxing, getting mentally prepared, undergoing treatment by the trainer, practicing, and receiving instruction from the coaches, it presents the players as workers in an unusual job rather than just as heroes to be idolized.