The Random House Book of Sports Stories

The Random House Book of Sports Stories

by Lester M. Schulman, Thomas B. Allen
     
 
Crowds will go wild for these 16 slam-dunk sports stories by authors ranging from Bruce Brooks to Ernest Hemingway. Includes illustrations by acclaimed artist Thomas B. Allen.

Overview

Crowds will go wild for these 16 slam-dunk sports stories by authors ranging from Bruce Brooks to Ernest Hemingway. Includes illustrations by acclaimed artist Thomas B. Allen.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A collection of 16 sports-related stories by such masters as Ring Lardner, John Updike and Jack London--along with works from relative newcomers like Bruce Brooks--could be a young sports fan's dream come true. This compendium, however, falls short of the mark. Though the writing is often superb, many of the selections are inappropriate. James Thurber, for example, is represented by a story in which a dwarf is used as a baseball; chapters from Jay McInerney's Ransom and Brooks's excellent The Moves Make the Man do not fare particularly well out of context; and Updike's ``Man and Daughter in the Cold,'' written for adults, may require more life experience than this book's intended readers have. Only two stories feature female athletes; several assume familiarity with betting lingo. Still, not much is available in this genre, and sports books are in great demand. Also, the collection may provide a jumping-off point for readers to begin to become acquainted with the fine writers included. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-- Consisting of 14 short stories and 2 chapter-long excerpts, this compilation includes contributors such as Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, James Thurber, John Updike, William Saroyan, and William Faulkner. America's most popular spectator sports--baseball, football, basketball, and horse-racing--are portrayed, as are popular participatory athletics such as skiing, hunting, tennis, billiards, and the martial arts. All of the stories are entertaining, from the sheer drama of the boxing match in London's ``The Mexican'' to the light humor of Thurber's ``You Could Look It Up'' to the blatant racism experienced by a black high school basketball player in an excerpt from Bruce Brooks's The Moves Make the Man . Occasional realistic black-and-white drawings appear throughout, but play a peripheral role in the book's makeup. The literary complexity of a number of the stories, combined with some sexual innuendos and infrequent mild obscenities makes the collection more suitable for YAs and adults, although a number of the stories will be enjoyed by upper-elementary students. All in all, this book will be read by a wide variety of patrons and joins A Century of Children's Baseball Stories (Stadium Bks, 1990), edited by Debra Dagavorian, in deserving a prominent place in libraries. --Tom S. Hurlburt, Rio Rancho Public Library, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394828749
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Random House Book of Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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