Batter Up Wombat

Batter Up Wombat

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by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger
     
 

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The new kid in town is a wombat from Down Under. He’s having a tough time fitting in, so he tries to join the baseball team. They’re excited to see a “Wham-bat” hit, but baseball seems to him like a strange game indeed as his literal interpretations of the lingo, such as “stealing third base,” lead to hilarious, and ultimately…  See more details below

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The new kid in town is a wombat from Down Under. He’s having a tough time fitting in, so he tries to join the baseball team. They’re excited to see a “Wham-bat” hit, but baseball seems to him like a strange game indeed as his literal interpretations of the lingo, such as “stealing third base,” lead to hilarious, and ultimately victorious, results.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Still smarting from last season's disappointing last-place finish, the Champs—an unlikely baseball team comprised of an odd assortment of small North American critters—are hopeful this year will be better. Just before the first game, a stranger approaches. Compared to them, he's huge! Best of all, they think he's a "Wham bat," and what could be better for baseball than that? Sure, the wombat has never played baseball before, but he's eager to make friends so he suits up and gets ready to play ball. The trouble is, the whole game confuses him. Steal third?—What should he do with it? Get under a pop-up?—How ludicrous! Go home?—Don't they know how far that would be? He doesn't know how to hold a bat, much less swing it, and his skills in the outfield are nonexistent. In short order, the team is losing badly. But when the unexpected happens, this odd newcomer can still save the day! Helen Lester's story is sure to delight children who understand the lingo of the game, while Lynn Munsinger's fun illustrations add to the hilarity of the slapstick humor.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Once again, Lester and Munsinger tell a comical story, this time about a wombat who is recruited to play baseball in the North American Wildlife League. The Champs, who finished in last place during the previous season, eagerly embrace Wombat, a rugby star from Australia, whose name they mistake as "Whambat." However, the newcomer has difficulty getting a grip on the game, and readers will howl at his literal interpretations of baseball lingo. When the Champs play a team of raccoons, frazzled Wombat becomes a liability for his team. That is, until the sky darkens and a tornado rapidly approaches, leaving the players exposed on the field until Wombat digs a tunnel where everyone takes refuge. Lester's story will hold children's attention and sends the message that everyone is good at something. Munsinger's whimsical watercolor artwork, filled with personified animals, adds to the fun. Young baseball fans will welcome this zany book.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"The Champs weren't," writes Lester, introducing Munsinger's hairy, delightful baseballers. Concisely so, but only from the vantage point of runs scored. Into their unsuspecting, winless ranks marches a hairy, delightful wombat (a sturdily built Australian marsupial, for those as clueless about wombats as this wombat is about baseball). The sport may bewilder the wombat, but the Champs think his name is powerfully suggestive-"Wham! Bat!"-and the wombat is tickled by baseball's allusive jargon, literally interpreting such items as "a pitcher stands on a mound," "the catcher wears a mask" and, best of all, "the hitter hits a foul," with the image coming to his mind of a chicken getting clobbered by a boxing glove. While the wombat doesn't deliver the big hits the Champs expected, he does dig them a storm cellar into which they retreat (it seems the Champs are forever retreating into one cellar or another) when a tornado invades their playing field. Comically absurd wordplay and Munsinger's typically goofy art make this an unbeatable combination. (Picture book. 4-8)
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"Comically absurd wordplay and Munsinger's typically goofy art make this an unbeatable combination." Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547346625
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/21/2008
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,034,102
File size:
15 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.
Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat. She divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.

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