Bobby Baseball

Bobby Baseball

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by Robert Kimmel Smith, Alan Tiegreen
     
 

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Ten-year-old Bobby Ellis loves everything about baseball, from the hits to the hot dogs. That's why he calls himself Bobby Baseball! Every day he dreams of becoming a major league pitcher and joining the stars in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And what better place to start his career than right here on his own Kids Club team, the Hawks?

But the hawks' coach happens

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Overview

Ten-year-old Bobby Ellis loves everything about baseball, from the hits to the hot dogs. That's why he calls himself Bobby Baseball! Every day he dreams of becoming a major league pitcher and joining the stars in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And what better place to start his career than right here on his own Kids Club team, the Hawks?

But the hawks' coach happens to be Bobby's father, who has other ideas. "You're a natural second baseman," he says, expecting Bobby to be a model player who never makes a single mistake. Get real, Dad!

When Bobby pitches three winning games in a row, the Hawks rule. Suddenly Bobby's life seems like one big basball game—games on the field, games on TV, and games in his mind. Can Bobby keep on winning? Can he count on Dad?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Since his father is the coach of his team, baseball fanatic Bobby, 10, has a lot to live up to; PW called this engaging novel ``an upbeat, refreshing celebration of the spirit of our national pastime.'' Ages 9-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 --Tight writing, humor, and good character development lift this book well above the average for the sports fiction genre. The story can be read on two levels: hard-core baseball fans will love the abundance of accurate baseball trivia and game descriptions, while others will enjoy this story of a boy learning that his dream of being another Sandy Koufax just might not materialize. The story takes place during the summer that Bobby Ellis plays on the baseball team which his father coaches. The expected problems of father and son as coach and player ensue, but, like all twists and turns in this book, the solution is neither simplistic nor pat. Smith draws the other players on the team in some depth, especially ``Mouth , '' the outspoken female second baseman , and Freddie, a beginning pitcher long on talent but short on control. Readers will come to care about all the team members, and will at the same time be interested in the very realistic portrayal of Bobby's family: his brainy mother who is more interested in Scrabble than baseball; his older brother, Sammy, who has already been through a summer like Bobby's; his dad, who is torn between his feelings as coach and father; and his grandpa, who adds a large dose of humor and compassion to the not-so-smooth events of the summer. Tiegreen's illustrations add appeal and should entice beginning fiction readers and reluctant readers as well. They will be rewarded by a top-notch story. --Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440404170
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
379,697
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.49(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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