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B is for Baller
B is for Baller

B is for Baller

The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet
By James Littlejohn, Illustrated by Matthew Shipley

3-5

JUVENILE NONFICTION

32 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

ISBN 9781629375885

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2018)

Price: $17.95
 
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Overview

Two avid basketball fans compile an essential and engaging guide to the sport for little ones
Featuring dozens of iconic NBA superstars like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry, B is for Baller is the ultimate alphabet book for young hoops fans—whether they're taking their first shot at the ABCs or already perfecting their threes! James Littlejohn's words leap off the page and bring legends to life, while Matthew Shipley's colorful, stylish illustrations are sure to delight fans young and old. What started as a successful Kickstarter project from two passionate NBA fans is now the perfect read for little ballers everywhere!

Reviews

"The dynamic, eyecatching artwork is appealing, and the breathless enthusiasm of the text is pretty infectious. For little ones with die-hard NBA-fanatic adults in their lives, this could be a lot of fun.?"—Booklist

Author Biography

James Littlejohn is a writer, father, and fan of fast breaks where nobody dribbles. He once tried out for a pro minor-league basketball team. He didn't make it. Matthew Shipley is an illustrator whose art has appeared in projects with Major League Soccer, ESPN, and Bleacher Report, among others.

Book Signings

Past Events


Dec
08
Matthew Shipley- "B is for Baller" ›
Durham, NC
1:00pm

Press Releases

B is for Baller

The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet

By James Littlejohn, Illustrated by Matthew Shipley

 

Contact: Sam Ofman, Triumph Books, 312.568.5450, sofman@ipgbook.com

 

Basketball fans speak a language all their own. A language where Magic and Bird have nothing to do with wands and wings, jams are made without fruit, and you don’t need a degree from medical school to be the world’s greatest doctor. Like any language, to become fluent in the language of basketball one must start with the ABCs.

 

In B is for Baller: The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet (Triumph Books, October 2, 2018), James Littlejohn and Matthew Shipley provide a fun and engaging guide to the history of the NBA. Letter-by-letter, they expose little ballers to the sport’s biggest modern stars and legendary icons, bridging the gap between the old school and the new. Whether taking their first shot at the ABCs, or going one-on-one with reading, young basketball fans will find value in this great new picture book. Highlights include:

 

  • Clever, unique illustrations that capture the personality and style of basketball’s biggest stars
  • Stylish and informative entries illuminating key moments in the history of the NBA
  • The best player nicknames from generations of ballers, including the Black Mamba, “Air” Jordan and “Pistol” Pete Maravich
  • Creative entries that will surprise parents, and eye-popping illustrations sure to delight young readers

 

B is for Baller provides parents an opportunity to develop a bond with their children through exposure to, and appreciation of, the rich history of the NBA. Littlejohn and Shipley’s combined passion, for both basketball and their craft, shines in this one of a kind picture book. No hoops fan’s library is complete without it.

 

About the Authors:

James Littlejohn is a writer, father and fan of fast breaks where nobody dribbles. He once tried out for a pro minor-league basketball team. He didn't make it.

 

Matthew Shipley is an illustrator whose art has appeared in projects with Major League Soccer, Bleacher Report, ESPN and others.

 

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