Lucky in Left Field

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Morrill, Leslie New York, NY 1992 Hard cover New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 87 p. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- A companion story to A Boy in the Doghouse (S. & S., 1991) that stands on its own. George and his baseball-loving pup, Lucky, are excited about Coach Chet, his friend's older brother who is home this summer from playing college baseball and has promised to help their team. Unfortunately, not only does Chet forbid dogs on the field, but he also offers the young boys chewing tobacco, encouraging them to ``. . . try it. It'll make a ball player out of you.'' In an easy to follow and amusing style, Duffey expresses both the viewpoints of George and Lucky in alternate chapters as they work through these problems. Readers will agonize with Lucky as he tries to dig out of the shed to join the boys and again as he rolls around in the grass with a stomachache from the tobacco he has tried. Numerous full-page, black-and-white drawings are somewhat static, but do capture some of the dog's antics. Those new to chapter books will stay with the story until the end. This is one of Duffey's best efforts to date. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Stephanie Zvirin
Dogs do not play baseball--or do they? It seems George's dog, Lucky, does a great job in left field, and all the kids on the team love him. Unfortunately, the team hasn't won a single game. So when their new coach, Chet, who plays "serious" baseball for his college team, says Lucky's not welcome any longer, not even George has the gumption to defy him. In fact, George is so sure Chet knows what playing baseball is all about that he decides to try the chewing tobacco Chet hands out to the kids--and so does Lucky. Big mistake! Things are sorted out a bit too easily at the close, but the book is full of elements with kid appeal, and as in "A Boy in the Doghouse" , Lucky presents a spunky dog's-eye version of events in alternate chapters. The language is simple enough to attract newer readers ready to take a step beyond beginning chapter book fare, and Morrill's black-and-white sketches capture Lucky's antics, even though they picture a gender-neutral dog despite the narrative's clear characterization of Lucky as a male. Dog lovers might wonder; then again, they might not care in the least.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671746872
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/8/1992
  • Pages: 87
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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