Kwame Alexander's acclaimed verse novel Booked is vividly brought to life as a graphic novel with stunning illustrations by star talent Dawud Anyabwile.
Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…
Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this graphic novel adaptation of the acclaimed verse novel, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges – which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal – change his life, as well as his best friend’s.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book Author Biography, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high schools, often reaching more than five hundred students monthly. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., area.
Dawud Anyabwile is an Emmy award-winning artist, illustrator and co-creator of the comic book series, Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline. He has worked for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon as a character designer and storyboard artist, and as an illustrator for several publishers. When Dawud is not working on his illustrations, he is busy volunteering and teaching art classes.
A wholesome story that deals with the struggles of growing up
This graphic version of Kwame Alexander’s verse novel explodes with energy and the reader soon slips into the rhythm of the verse… This funny, accessible book is sure to be picked up by soccer fans who want to see why Nick was “booked” but they risk getting caught up in a love of books and inadvertently increase their vocabulary.