Patti McGee started learning to ride on a homemade skateboard after seeing a group of boys riding real skateboards — and she was good at it, too! She joined a skateboarding team (all boys) and learned some amazing tricks. And in 1964, she attended the National Skateboard Championship for Women, winning with a perfect score and a trick that would become her signature move: the rolling handstand. She was the first female professional skateboarder!
Tootie Nienow's There Goes Patti McGee! is an uplifting picture book biography that celebrates a skateboarding pioneer. Illustrator Erika Medina captures McGee's determination — even when people yelled for her and her friends to "get off the sidewalk!" — and carefully illustrates and even labels a wide variety of skateboard tricks. This energetic portrait is sure to get young readers eager to strap on a helmet and pads and take their own boards for a ride.
"Nienow makes effective use of anaphora ('When people sneered, Patti smiled. When they yelled "Get off the sidewalk," all she heard was the click of her board') and onomatopoeia ('ZOOM!'), while Medina features bold lines that dovetail with renditions of McGee practicing moves. An action-packed picture book biography that will engage casual skaters and non-boarders alike." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Feb 23, 2021|
|Publisher||Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)|