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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kick Push is fun and thrilling picture book about a young Black skateboarder named Epic. Award-winning creator Frank Morrison makes a stunning debut as an author-illustrator. The story was inspired by Morrison's own experience as a father, and his intention was to inspire readers to "be great." The story's use of fun sounds like "swish!" and "swoosh!" will engage and amuse young readers. Imagery includes an city scape dripping in graffiti. Themes include the importance of celebrating self-expression and the adventurous nature of exploring a new neighborhood.
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What's the Story?
KICK PUSH is a fun story about a young skateboarder named Epic. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, Epic is discouraged by his lack of friends. With no one to enjoy skateboarding with, he attempts to play a handful of other sports instead. But nothing is the right fit for him. With encouragement from his parents, he takes one more skateboarding ride through the new neighborhood. As he kicks and pushes his way from block to block, he passes dozens of people who are amazed by his skills. Without even trying, Epic gets a new crew in his new neighborhood. He gleefully learns the value of being himself.
Is It Any Good?
This spirited picture book is a reminder of the importance of being yourself. Frank Morrison's dynamic illustrations in Kick Push helps tell a vibrant story about navigating city life. The book also celebrates urban culture by showcasing various businesses, architecture, and diverse characters. Epic's quest to fit in in his new neighborhood ends with him recognizing he had everything he needed all along: his unique skills and personality. Morrison says in his author's note, "I wanted to show kids that their interests don't need to be confined by any expectations."
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how in Kick Push, Epic's family moves to a new neighborhood where he doesn't have any friends. Have you ever moved? Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make new friends? How did it make you feel?
Epic is a high-flying skateboarder who doesn't like other sports as much. What's your favorite sport? Have you ever tried skateboarding?
Each illustration has lots of detail and color. Which one is your favorite?
- Author: Frank Morrison
- Illustrator: Frank Morrison
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
- Publication date: April 19, 2022
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 6
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: May 17, 2022
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