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Clorinda Plays Baseball!

by Robert Kinerk, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
 

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Robert Kinerk’s and beloved artist Steven Kellogg’s Clorinda returns to play ball!

Clorinda the irrepressible cow is back! This time the bovine’s at bat for her favorite team, the Red Hats of BossTown. And the rival team is in trouble…because when Clorinda steps up to the plate—it’s a win for the home team for

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Robert Kinerk’s and beloved artist Steven Kellogg’s Clorinda returns to play ball!

Clorinda the irrepressible cow is back! This time the bovine’s at bat for her favorite team, the Red Hats of BossTown. And the rival team is in trouble…because when Clorinda steps up to the plate—it’s a win for the home team for sure!

Whimsical, rhyming text from Robert Kinerk paired with humorously detailed illustrations from acclaimed illustrator Steven Kellogg,makes for a charming tale of teamwork that reinforces the importance of self esteem.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her third comedic outing, Clorinda the cow dreams of joining her favorite baseball team—the Red Hats of Bosstown. But practice comes first. Clorinda and her “piggest” fan, Hop, construct a makeshift baseball field and grandstand, but when a shy boy named Deke steps up to the mound, Clorinda realizes that he’s the real star player. Deke gets signed by the Red Hats (Clorinda thinks sadly, “But... that was my dream”), but his nerves won’t allow him to play without his coach, Clorinda, who helps the team to a World Series win when a freak dust storm sets in. As in the previous Clorinda books, Kinerk’s couplets are buoyant (“One day he knocked/ such a powerful fly,/ it bounced off a copter/ just then whumping by”), and his plotting is over-the-top; Kellogg’s characteristically expressive, gold-infused illustrations have no trouble keeping pace. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
Clorinda Plays Baseball!

By Robert Kinerk and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

(Paula Wiseman; ISBN 9780689868658; February 2012; Spring catalog p. 17)

In previous books about the audacious cow Clorinda, she has been a ballerina and a pilot. Next up: playing ball with the Red Hats of Bosstown. The improbable story of how Clorinda gets to “batter up” involves a pig named Hop, a farmer named Len and a shy boy, Deke, who just happens to be a crack baseball player. Kinerk’s rollicking, inventive rhymes and Kellogg’s action-packed watercolors will have children laughing even as the story touches on jealousy, disappointment, thwarted ambition and that great unsung hero, the supporting player.

--New York Times Book Review, April 8, 2012

PreS-Gr 2–Through a rhyming text, children take a joyous romp on and off the baseball diamond, learning to be better friends along the way. Clorinda the cow dreams of playing for the Bosstown Red Hats and works with several animals and human neighbors to find their places on the field or in the stands. First, she helps her friend Hop, a pig, find his true calling, and then teaches Deke, a neighbor boy, to play the game and launches him into the big leagues. Kellogg uses his signature style to capture the action and the personalities. Vibrant watercolor illustrations dance across the barnyard and the stadium, capturing the characters’ delightful expressions and moods on every page. Predominant themes include sports, friendship, coaching, self-confidence, and helping others achieve their dreams, even if it means subverting one’s own. This book is certain to be loved by both listeners and readers alike. --School Library Journal, March 2012

"As in the previous Clorinda books, Kinerk's couplets are buoyant ("One day he knocked/such a powerful fly,/it bounced off a copter/just then whumping by"), and his plotting is over-the-top; Kellogg's characteristically expressive, gold-infused illustrations have no trouble keeping pace." --Publishers Weekly, February 6, 2012

"Kinerk’s easy, breezy verse, with some wonderfully inventive rhymes, moves the story along at a breathless pace, with one madcap event after another. See a home run that knocks a storm out of the park, and be amazed at a cow that pilots a helicopter. It’s over-the-top baseball fantasy, but there’s also friendship and loving selflessness. Kellogg’s signature cartoon watercolors and text placement vary pleasingly in layout. As always, they not only match the plot but add layers of details and special effects.
Hilarious and joyful; hooray, Clorinda." (Picture book. 3-9) --Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2012

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Clorinda, the enthusiastic cow, returns in a new baseball adventure. With the help of her pig friend Hop, she sets up a makeshift baseball field soon filled with neighborhood players. A young boy named Deke turns out to be, with her coaching, a super player. When one of his fly balls hits his helicopter, a scout from the Bosstown Red Hats, Clorinda's beloved team, signs Deke up. But without her coaching, he can't play well. So Clorinda joins him, and with Deke in good form the team is soon in first place. But in the tie-breaking last game of the World Series, a dust storm blinds Deke. As she had so often dreamed, Clorinda pinch hits for her favorite team and hits a homer. Despite controversy, the substitution is declared legal, for a joyous celebration. Kellogg's energetic use of water-based paints is the perfect medium to visualize the animals and humans engaged in this baseball fantasy. Large pages display the dramatic actions; but a half page is adequate for us to join the circle of umpires puzzling through the rulebook. The lines of verse fit nicely into the hyperactive frequently crowded scenes. Don't overlook the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Clorinda's dreams always push the envelope of ordinary, cud-chewing existence. Having been a ballerina and a pilot in previous outings, Clorinda, a very determined and talented cow, sets her sights on playing big-league baseball. Her friends build a grandstand and create a field, and several of them join the game. Along comes Deke, a boy with tremendous talent, and Clorinda becomes his mentor, putting her own dreams on hold. When he gets to the big leagues with the "Bosstown Red Hats," he cannot do without her, so she joins the team as his coach. Deke becomes the star player, leading the Red Hats to the World Series. A freak storm blows in, and Deke is blinded by sand. Guess who saves the day with a tremendous home run? Kinerk's easy, breezy verse, with some wonderfully inventive rhymes, moves the story along at a breathless pace, with one madcap event after another. See a home run that knocks a storm out of the park, and be amazed at a cow that pilots a helicopter. It's over-the-top baseball fantasy, but there's also friendship and loving selflessness. Kellogg's signature cartoon watercolors and text placement vary pleasingly in layout. As always, they not only match the plot but add layers of details and special effects. Hilarious and joyful; hooray, Clorinda. (Picture book. 3-9)
Pamela Paul
Kinerk's rollicking, inventive rhymes and Kellogg's action-packed watercolors will have children laughing…
—The New York Times Review
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Through a rhyming text, children take a joyous romp on and off the baseball diamond, learning to be better friends along the way. Clorinda the cow dreams of playing for the Bosstown Red Hats and works with several animals and human neighbors to find their places on the field or in the stands. First, she helps her friend Hop, a pig, find his true calling, and then teaches Deke, a neighbor boy, to play the game and launches him into the big leagues. Kellogg uses his signature style to capture the action and the personalities. Vibrant watercolor illustrations dance across the barnyard and the stadium, capturing the characters' delightful expressions and moods on every page. Predominant themes include sports, friendship, coaching, self-confidence, and helping others achieve their dreams, even if it means subverting one's own. This book is certain to be loved by both listeners and readers alike.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689868658
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
951,472
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Kinerk has worked as a journalist, playwright, and children’s book author. He grew up in Alaska and now he and his wife, Anne, live in Massachusetts.

Steven Kellogg is the beloved illustrator of more than ninety books for children, including Clorinda and Clorinda Takes Flight, both by Robert Kinerk, Can I Keep Him?, and the Pinkerton series. He lives with his family in Essex, New York.

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