Ask Dr. Marta Weekly – June 25

TITLE: JOJO’S FLYING SIDE KICK
AUTHOR: BRIAN PINKNEY
ILLUSTRATOR: BRIAN PINKNEY

Need to give your fears a real kick in the pants? Check out Jo Jo’s plan to put her own scary monster on the run!

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Any time I get to read about a girl who can bust wooden blocks with her feet I’m hooked! Brian Pinkney channels his personal Tae Kwon Do experiences in the form of a no nonsense . smart and high spirited African American girl. His unique scratchboard illustrations add power and vibrancy to the well written text. The special relationship between Jo Jo and her grandfather is another key characteristic of this timely tale of overcoming fear. Jo Jo has a dream and though scared, she refuses to back down. I encourage you to check out this great read to motivate and inspire young people everywhere to let nothing block you from living your dreams!  

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