• Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

One day at the basketball court, two kids, a familiar challenge—H.O.R.S.E.? But this isn’t your grandmother’s game of hoops. Not when a layup from the other side of the court, standing on one foot, with your eyes closed is just the warm-up.

Around the neighborhood, around the world, off Saturn’s rings . . . the pair goes back and forth. The game is as much about skill as it is about imagination.

A slam dunk from award-winning author and illustrator Christopher Myers, H.O.R.S.E. is a celebration of the sport of basketball, the art of trash-talking, and the idea that what’s possible is bounded only by what you can dream.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-10-09
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV032020, JUV051000, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 12 x 9
Lexile 650
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an award-winning picture book writer and illustrator, but that's not all. He is also a fine artist, a filmmaker, a photographer, a video artist, a clothes designer, and a proud Brooklynite. Christopher has won many awards for his children's books, including a Caldecott Honor, four Coretta Scott King Honors, three Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, a New York Times Best Illustrated citation, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor. A graduate of Brown University, Christopher was a member of the prestigious Whitney Museum Studio Program. His fine art has been shown in museums and galleries around the country, including PS1, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Chicago). His film on Kenya for the Sundance Institute and the Gates Foundation has been used to launch Sundance's Short Film Challenge.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2015
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award Honor, Commended, 2012
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2012
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Commended, 2012


School Library Journal

“This book will encourage all readers to grab a close friend and get out to play a game, matching their athleticism to their imaginations.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“This crowd-pleasing picture book will appeal to young children who will enjoy the whimsy, and to older readers who will appreciate the escalating wordplay in the boys’ challenges to each other.” —The Horn Book Magazine

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The freewheeling format and broadly popular topic makes this eminently saleable as either a readalone or readaloud.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“This wonderfully inventive, mordant duel of words offers both an advanced discussion of a particular sport (basketball) and flights of big-talking fancy….An excellent readaloud for kids who scorn fluffy-bunny books and want to play like the big kids.” —starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“An exciting bragging-rights adventure on the basketball court, around and beyond planet Earth and back again.” —Kirkus Reviews

Library Media Connection

“Christopher Myers uses intricate photo-collages to depict city landscapes while his characters come alive with brushstroke and bold color. Engaging readers young and old in the high-interest topic of sports while imparting ideals of self-confidence and resourceful creativity, this book is a fresh conversation that warrants a listen.” —starred, Library Media Connection