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The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way

The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way

by Dan Gutman, Kerry Talbott
     
 

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At the 1929 Rose Bowl, talented center Roy Riegels picked up a fumble and made an incredible sixty-five-yard run. There was just one problem: Roy Riegels was running the wrong way!

Renowned author Dan Gutman recreates this painful (but funny) moment in sports history in a picture book play-by-play of the game's most thrilling moments-all framed by a friendly

Overview

At the 1929 Rose Bowl, talented center Roy Riegels picked up a fumble and made an incredible sixty-five-yard run. There was just one problem: Roy Riegels was running the wrong way!

Renowned author Dan Gutman recreates this painful (but funny) moment in sports history in a picture book play-by-play of the game's most thrilling moments-all framed by a friendly grandpa remembering the game for his grandson. Told with the excitement of a sports announcer calling the greatest game of his life, and shown through vivid, cartoonlike illustrations by Kerry Talbott, The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way is a feast of humor and history for any sports fan.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gutman showcases an infamous blunder in college football history in this play-by-play recap of an incident in the 1929 Rose Bowl between the University of California and Georgia Tech. When a player dropped the ball, Riegels, California’s center, grabbed it and ran determinedly—toward the wrong goalpost. Riegels realized his error at the one-yard line, but the mishap cost his team the game. The two-tiered narrative juxtaposes the breathless voice of the radio broadcaster (“Folks, I’ve never seen anything like it in all my days!”) with dialogue between a contemporary boy and his grandfather, who’s telling his grandson about Riegels’s gaffe. With a muted palette that reinforces the period feel, Talbott’s mixed-media cartoons approach caricature, depicting the characters’ horrified expressions with an exaggeration that nods toward vintage comics. Gutman (Casey Back at Bat) notes that a humiliated Riegels jumped back into the game and performed well, underlining a message summed up neatly by the grandfather: “It just goes to show that mistakes are not the end of the world.” Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
New Year's Day 1929 dawned sunny and bright as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the University of California Golden Bears prepared to meet each other on the football field in the Rose Bowl. Framed as a story within a story, Grandpa begins a trip down memory lane to tell his grandson the story of Roy Riegels. He sets the stage and announces the game play by play, evoking the feel of a radio broadcaster. Every now and then, grandson breaks in with a question as the tension and action gradually mount. When the Golden Bears' center Roy Riegels scoops up the ball and begins to run, it seems that the story is leading to an inevitable triumphant touchdown that wins the game. Only...Roy Riegels is running the wrong way! He doesn't realize his mistake until he arrives at the opposing team's 1-yard line, at which point he is wrestled to the ground. Can Roy recover from such a terrible mistake? With a candid conversation between grandson and grandfather, this sports legend turns into a valuable teaching moment—"mistakes are not the end of the world. It's what you do after the mistake that counts." The mixed media art feels like a combination of cartoons, old photos, and boldly drawn figures, while inset illustrations of grandson and Grandpa visually allow the two stories to be told at once. Sports-loving caregivers will enjoy sharing this true story with their children. Reviewer: Leah Hanson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904948
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
799,664
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

DAN GUTMAN is the author of the Baseball Card Adventures, the My Weird School series, Casey Back at Bat, The Million Dollar Shot, The Homework Machine, and many other books for young readers.

www.dangutman.com

KERRY TALBOT is an illustrator of children's books as well as a cartoonist and editorial illustrator.

www.kerrytalbottillustration.com

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