Publication Date: July 2013
Reading Level/Interest Age: 13 and up
Plot: Transworld Skateboarding is a monthly magazine publication that focuses strictly on the extreme sport, skateboarding. Many of the articles consist of interviews with those in the skateboarding industry (fashion, equipment, rinks, accessories, etc.), popular well known skateboarders, and also those who are trying to nudge their way into the professional league. The well written articles are accompanied by professional photographs of the person of interest to show their talent at its finest. The advertisements that are printed in each issue are all related to the skateboarding industry.
Critical Evaluation: Many of the articles that were observed in this particular issue, were seen as short and seemed more like captions to the professional photographs that were viewed on each page. This may be necessary because the focused topic (skateboarding) is mostly a visual sport where the skater is performing tricks and stunts. Capturing these actions is very important in order for spectators and amateurs to thoroughly analyze and then critique the aerial stunts. A common photography trend in this magazine is the nine frames per second photographs which consist of nine consecutive frames that shows the exact movements of the skater performing the trick. Digital photography and digital editing are able to capture the precise maneuvering of each trick, which can allow an amateur to learn how to perform the stunt. Because photography is such an important element, this magazine can act as a portfolio for photographers who are struggling to get their work shown to the world.
Reader’s Annotation: Those who are skateboarding enthusiasts will find the latest trends and tricks from skateboarders all over the world.
Booktalking Ideas: N/A
Challenging Issues: N/A
- I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
- The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
- Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
- Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
- Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
- When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.
Why This Magazine? I would highly recommend this subscription because every issue can entertain teens who are extreme sports enthusiasts.