Goodnight Baseball

Goodnight Baseball

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by Michael Dahl, Christina E. Forshay

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From the arrival at the stadium to the last goodnight, Goodnight Baseball isa sweet, nostalgictale—told in gentle, fun rhyme—about the thrill of a baseball game.


From the arrival at the stadium to the last goodnight, Goodnight Baseball isa sweet, nostalgictale—told in gentle, fun rhyme—about the thrill of a baseball game.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A father and son go to a stadium to watch a baseball game between the Stars and the Rockets. When it is over, they return home with full stomachs and happy memories, but not before wishing everyone and everything, including the players and home plate, a good night. The familiar aspects of the event are all here and illustrated. The seats are occupied by people of all ages and various ethnicities. They eat hot dogs, popcorn, and pretzels while sipping on sodas. Bases are stolen, baseballs are caught (by the players and the fans) and hit, and the crowd cheers. After an action-packed game described in rhyming text, the pace of the story slows down. As the sun sets, the stadium lights go on. The boy's energy begins to fade after he has posed with the mascot and met the players. His father carries him to the car and by the time they are home, the youngster is almost asleep. The wording at the ending of this picture book is reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon. A fun, comforting bedtime story for sports fans.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Publishers Weekly
Created in partnership with Sports Illustrated Kids, this uneven tribute to baseball chronicles a father-son outing to a stadium on game day. At times, Dahl’s singsong couplets suggest that the boy is narrating (“We eat popcorn and hot dogs and hold drinks in our laps.../ with the names of our favorite teams bright on our caps”), but at other moments, the verse seems to view events from an outside perspective: “Look! The ball lands in one lucky fan’s mitt!” writes Dahl (the Hello Genius books), as the same boy catches one batter’s home run. The pace of the story drops off in the second half, as it moves into bedtime mode: “Good-night, diamond. Goodnight grass./ Goodnight, home plate where each runner ran past.” Forshay’s (The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare) energized illustrations are a high point, handily conveying the excitement of a nighttime game, while smoothly bringing the mood down as the boy falls sleep on the drive back home. A minor-league addition to the crowded shelf of baseball-themed picture books. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
There is no question of who is the target audience for this Sports Illustrated for Kids book; the little boy sleeping, baseball glove in hand and cap on his head is as clear as the title. The book follows one little boy going to what looks like a pro or semi-pro baseball game with his father. The text is kept simple and closely matches the illustrations; thus on the left spread focuses in on the players—specifically those "who catch and who throw..." while the right hand illustration shows the diamond and infield, while the text reads "and the runners who race to each base down below." The simple story does not really identify who won or lost but the boy catches a ball; the exciting day rounds itself out by having the boy say good night to the teams, to the stadium, and finally to the day's adventure as his father carries him to his bed, baseball clutched safely in his hand. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

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Capstone Press
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8.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

Christina Forshay was born and raised in sunny California, where she lives with her amazing husband and the two cutest kids in the world!
Of course, as a child she could be found drawing, coloring and admiring her grand collection of crayons.
Christina is proud and grateful to be able to work as an illustrator for the children’s market. Seriously, what could be more fun?!?

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Goodnight Baseball 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Goodnight Baseball is a picture book that will appeal to young children, especially baseball lovers. It is written in rhymes, which works well for the most part. There are only a few lines here and there that don't quite work. The illustrations are sweet and perfect for the story. The colors that Forshay uses give off a warm, cheerful feeling that comes with happy childhood memories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for parents to read to their children, especially sports lovers. I gave this to expectant moms-to-be when I knew the parents were fans of baseball, and they loved it. More!
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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ajreinecke More than 1 year ago
My toddler really enjoys this book and it's really cute to read right now since it's baseball season. He enjoys the pictures and the story is very cute.