2022 Texas Library Association's Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Pick
Tootie Nienow and Erika Medina's There Goes Patti McGee! is an uplifting picture book biography of the first-ever professional female skateboarder and winner of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship for Women.
Brought to life by Erika Medina's dynamic and joyful illustrations, There Goes Patti McGee! walks us through Patti first place win in the women’s division of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship. She wowed the judges with with what would become her signature move—the rolling handstand. Inspiring and unapologetic, Patti McGee proves that anyone can skate.
Nienow aptly profiles Patti McGee, "the first professional female skateboarder in history," following her as she first spots a group of boys "riding a board with wheels," assembles a makeshift board of her own, joins a skateboarding team, and eventually earns a landmark win armed with her new trick the rolling handstand at the first National Skateboard Championship in 1964. 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. Back matter includes an author's note and bibliography. Ages 4 8.