Brothers at Bat
The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
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The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the
1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball
team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother
team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for
and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way
could stop them.
Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly
brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning
Steven Salerno has illustrated many popular picture books for children, including The Dirty Little Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, Bebe Goes Shopping, and Brothers at Bat, as well as his own Little Tumbo and Coco the Carrot. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, where he studied under famed author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, Steven's illustrations appear in magazines, advertising campaigns, product packaging, and retail interiors. He lives and works in New York City. www.stevensalerno.com
"A lively story about family loyalty and love of the game, pulled from the sidelines of baseball history."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"A family's love and devotion to each other and to the game of baseball, depicted lovingly."--Kirkus "This story of a real American family whose bond was the game is brought to vivid life through illustrations."--Horn Book