Little Shaq: Star of the week by Shaquille O'Neal
Ill. by Theodore Taylor III. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781619638822
(Age: 6+) "Little Shaq has always wanted his own kitten, but his parents aren't sure he's responsible enough. When Little Shaq is chosen as his class's Star of the Week, he knows that this is his moment to shine, to prove to his parents that they can count on him. Will Little Shaq be able to show he's ready for his very own pet?" (Publisher)
Written by Shaquille O'Neale and illustrated in colour by Theodore Taylor III, the Little Shaq story is sure to turn into a popular series with young sports enthusiasts. This will fit nicely into the 'quick reads' section as it is set out like a chapter book and will not take the reader long at all to complete. The relatively large text with illustrations interspersed will act as a confidence builder for children striving to read the 'chapter book'.
The book celebrates family, friends and community and the simple language used is tailor-made to the target audience. Not only can Shaquille play basketball, I think he has also hit the nail on the head with this book. Suitable for students aged 6 and up.