The legend of Gravity A tall basketball tale

Charly Palmer

Book - 2022

"A tall tale about a local basketball hero nicknamed Gravity."--

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Tall tales
Sports fiction
Picture books
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux 2022.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Ages 4-8
Grades 2-3
Main Author
Charly Palmer (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Palmer, recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Illustrator Award for New Talent, spins twin tributes to teamwork and to the unrecognized playground greats of his Milwaukee youth with this soaring tale of a b-ball squad's ride to glory behind their newest member—nicknamed "Gravity" because he jumped so high that everyone on the "Eagles" could go for ice cream before he came down. Possessing more than jaw-dropping ball skills, he's wise enough to know when it's time for a pep talk. "I can't win this game," he tells the team. "But WE can." Following initial introductions, the figures often lose distinctive features in the impressionistic illustrations, but the players wear identifying jerseys with the numbers of NBA giants, and the loose, vigorous brushwork captures plenty of speed and vertical motion in the action scenes. The tale is likewise delivered by the Eagles' one girl player with proper fast-break pacing. A high-stepping solo debut, with hardly any exaggeration. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Inspired by "unsung basketball greats who never made it to the NBA," Palmer follows the Eagles, a team of Black streetball players in Milwaukee, spinning a legend of a brilliant player who brings them together. The Hillside Projects team becomes six with a new arrival, nicknamed Gravity for how he leaps over the others (the team was once "able to go out for ice cream before he came down"). He joins "smooth" Liquid, unpredictable Left 2 Right, high-jumping Sky High, towering Too Tall, and an initially unnamed narrator. Gravity carries the Eagles from the local blacktop to the Best of the Best tournament, where they face the formidable East Side Flyers, a team that even Gravity can't defeat alone. Through stylized, painterly illustrations that highlight kinetic motion, Palmer shows off pickup basketball athletes' legendary talents while underlining the power of unity and teamwork. Ages 4–8. (Jan.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A tall tale about a local basketball hero nicknamed Gravity"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this high-energy story about the unsung superstars walking among us, the Eagles basketball team feels unstoppable with Gravity on their side until they realize it may take a little more than Gravity to bring them to victory. 50,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In his author-illustrator debut, Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe–and Africana Book Award–winning illustrator Charly Palmer spins a tall tale about a neighborhood basketball hero.Have you ever heard of Gravity? No, not gravity, the centrifugal force pulling us to the Earth. I'm talking about Gravity--the greatest ball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.Gravity is the new kid on the Hillside Projects basketball team, the Eagles. He once jumped so high that his teammates went out for ice cream before he came back down. With Gravity on their side, the Eagles feel unstoppable. They’re ready to win “The Best of the Best,” Milwaukee’s biggest and baddest pick-up basketball tournament. But when they face-off with the Flyers in the final round, the winningest team in the whole city, they realize that it may take a little more than Gravity to bring them to victory.Here is a clever, energetic story about the unsung superstars walking among us, complete with vivid art and heartfelt themes of teamwork, loyalty, friendship, and fun.