Publication Date: March 3, 2009
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The epic poem “Casey at the Bat” is recast for the T-ball set with much hilarity; this time, Casey comes out a winner!
James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection and Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book. In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men’s hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to “trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms.” He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three children, cats and dog. Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of Toby and the Snowflakes, written by his wife, Julie Halpern, and Righty and Lefty, written by Rachel Vail.
Praise for Mighty Casey:"It's a cute story with comic illustrations showing all manner of lame behavior by the Dogs during the game, including a kid who falls asleep, one who climbs a tree and another who pees on the fence."--San Francisco Chronicle
“With engaging read-aloud rhythms and a misfit cast young children will cheer for, this story is assured a place in (Little League) baseball lore.”—Booklist
“Reworking Ernest Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat” for Little Leaguers, Preller (Along Came Spider) and Cordell (Righty and Lefty) knock out a spirited celebration of a team with the right attitude, if not skills . . . Set against ample white space, Cordell’s endearingly geeky kids take center stage (mid-game distractions include tree-climbing, a bee sting and a bathroom break on the left field fence). It’s hard to envision a reader who won’t take to these underdogs.”—Publishers Weekly
“The ink and watercolor drawings vary in size and are full of energy and movement as the players engage in different activities. The faces are expressive and fun to look at. This is a great baseball book for all those T-ball and Little League players out there.”—School Library Journal
“As a writer of verse, Preller, author of Six Innings (2008), makes an excellent prose novelist. His rhymed tale of a Little League nonhitter who lights a fire in his team of total losers shows plenty of heart, if shaky scansion . . . Cordell’s simply drawn cartoons of geeky, distracted children sporting oversized batting helmets suit this lightweight remake of a certain famous baseball ballad.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for James Preller’s Six Innings:
“If Judy Blume could write a book about Little League, about its players’ deepest fears and secret dreams, it might come out something like this.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Dishing up a rare example of a character-driven tale that is also suspenseful and exciting, the author of the Jigsaw Jones series chronicles a magnificent championship game.”—Booklist, starred review
Praise for Matthew Cordell:
“When you’re a pair of feet, you’re pretty much stuck with the personality of the appendage beside you. Cordell’s understated watercolors help by lending the tale a soft, humorous tone.”—Kirkus, review of Righty and Lefty
“The emotional understatement of Cordell’s austere ink-and-watercolor pictures, combined with his keen sense of composition, gives Toby’s struggle texture and pacing.”—Publishers Weekly, review of Toby and the Snowflakes