Casey at the Bat

Casey at the Bat

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by Ernest L. Thayer, Patricia Polacco
     
 

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“A home-run effort.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Patricia Polacco’s spirited illustrations capture all the fun and action-packed drama of Thayer’s immortal ballad.
 
“The poem is launched with bright, bold illustrations that milk all the humor from the situation…Fresh and funny, this

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“A home-run effort.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Patricia Polacco’s spirited illustrations capture all the fun and action-packed drama of Thayer’s immortal ballad.
 
“The poem is launched with bright, bold illustrations that milk all the humor from the situation…Fresh and funny, this rendition should attract a whole new audience to the poem.” —Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Penned in 1888, Thayer's classic ballad is still as fresh as a rookie pitcher; it has earned its place in the Read-Aloud Hall of Fame. Though the style is slightly formal and young audiences may not catch every word ("upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat"), no one will miss the gist of the tale. With a few brief strokes of his brush, Fitzgerald captures an era-a hat of a certain style, a pair of glasses, the cut of a suit-and his light-dappled acrylics seem aged by a fine patina. He manipulates perspective to wonderful advantage, bringing a sense of movement to the pages: readers are now in the stands, now at third base, now behind the catcher as the mighty Casey prepares to swing at the ball. A home-run effort. Ages 6-10. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The familiar poem is given a fresh look with Polacco's amusing artwork. It opens with a little girl reminding her brother that the big game will soon start and that he better get moving. Casey is filled with confidence and even though he arrives late and the ensuing game appears in jeopardy, he believes he can save the day. Polacco adds a real twist to the ending that will surely delight Little League and big league fans. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature
It is interesting when you read about the history of this poem, which has been around for more than one hundred years and is familiar to many. The author did not even want to take credit for it because he felt it was such an inferior example of his writing. How amusing that this is probably the poem that is most frequently associated with his name, and that the rest of his work is relatively unknown. This version is really one for contemporary tastes—it almost looks like a graphic novel. The bold illustrations use just four colors and depict a series of inner city ball players—who indeed look larger than life and are as serious about the game as the fans are. Teachers and librarians who are looking for material that will attract older students, many of whom are already reading graphic novels, may find this one an easy sell. For any baseball fan, this book is definitely one with plenty of appeal. 2006, Kids Can Press, Ages 10 up.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Thayer's famous poem, presented here in picture-book format, is still fresh and still filled with excitement and suspense. Fitzgerald's colorful, double-spread acrylic illustrations pit the greens and yellows of the field against the bright blue sky. The scenes are softened and blurred by the brushwork, which, along with the players' loose-fitting striped uniforms, infuses the book with the atmosphere of an old-fashioned, hometown game. Casey swaggers through the verses, a Babe Ruth-like figure in command of the crowd until the last terrible moment when he swings and misses. In his illustrations for Jack Norworth's multilayered Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Four Winds, 1992), Alex Gillman uses interesting facts from the history of the sport to add meaning to the poem. This new offering simply illustrates an old bit of popular culture, but it captures the thrill of the game, and baseball fans will enjoy it. It's pure entertainment.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Quill and Quire
[One of the most striking Canadian picture books of the year.
The National Post
Morse’s illustrations ? yank this classic and wonderfully told story out of the realm of nostalgia.
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[One of the most striking Canadian picture books of the year.

The artist captures the explosive action ? and extends (the poem’s) relevance to a new generation of readers.

Morse’s illustrations ? yank this classic and wonderfully told story out of the realm of nostalgia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698115576
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
All Aboard Books Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
146,219
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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