Balls! Round 2by Michael Rosen, John Margeson (Illustrator)
This springy title features all of the orbs that didn't roll into the first Balls! title. Well-rounded informationfrom history to construction to triviaabounds about baseballs, bowling balls, softballs, billiard balls, and many more.
Gr 4-6- Humorist Rosen offers a lighthearted look at a variety of balls, covering their production and history, and how they're used in sports. This is a stand-alone sequel to Balls! (Darby Creek, 2006), which featured basketballs and soccer balls among others. This time, the author highlights balls used in baseball, softball, bowling, bocce, croquet, shot put, billiards, and lacrosse. Each sport receives a brief introduction (apparently, bocce "is the third-most-played sport in the world"), complemented by color photographs, cartoons, and graphics. There's an emphasis on fun science, with simple puzzles and experiments (such as stir-fried marbles). Throughout, Rosen serves up a feast of whimsical trivia and wordplay, and he rounds out this collection with sections on marbles and extreme goofballs. Covering a miscellany of fun facts from the lifespan of a major league baseball to the definition of a "mibster," this well-crafted collection should appeal to browsers and sports fans.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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