Batter Up Wombat

Batter Up Wombat

by Lynn Munsinger, Helen Lester
     
 

This was a brand-new baseball season, and the Champs were ready to go in their spiffy clean uniforms. Nevermind that the previous year they finished last in the North American Mammal League, this season would be different. But when a Wombat wanders onto the field opening game day, the Champs have no idea just how different the game was about to become. Young

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This was a brand-new baseball season, and the Champs were ready to go in their spiffy clean uniforms. Nevermind that the previous year they finished last in the North American Mammal League, this season would be different. But when a Wombat wanders onto the field opening game day, the Champs have no idea just how different the game was about to become. Young readers and listeners are sure to delight in Helen Lester’s hilarious baseball lingo wordplay as Lynn Munsinger’s illustrations capture the befuddled Wombat and his earnest attempts to fit in and play ball.

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"Comically absurd wordplay and Munsinger's typically goofy art make this an unbeatable combination." Kirkus 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618737840
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/21/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children, many written by her frequent collaborator, Helen Lester. She lives in Vermont.

Helen Lester has written many hilarious and popular picture books, including the Tacky the Penguin series and Hooway for Wodney Wat. She lives in New York. www.helenlester.com

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