Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618337187, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2006
Sam and Jackson both agreed: nothing beat baseball. The crowds cheering, the bright green grass, the tasty roasted peanuts. Sam was an amazing athletevery strong and fast, a big-leaguer in the making. Jackson, on the other hand, was not very strong or very fast at all. He could throw very far, but that was about it. When Sam makes the team and Jackson doesn’t, he misses having Jackson there on the field with him. And then he sees a poster . . .
Tim Egan has crafted a quirky tale of friendship and loyalty, complete with a late-inning nail biter that will keep baseball fans on the edge of their seats!
"Egan's picture books tend to be characterized as offbeat, and this one certainly qualifies, but here the quirkiness doesn't overwhelm a rewarding story of friendship, fulfilling one's potential, and discovering one's best self." --Horn Book Horn Book
"The expressions on Egan’s tubby George and Marthalike figures add tongue-in-cheek undertones to this tale of friendship surviving adversity. . . . This story will elicit chortles from young readers as well as an appreciation for the loyalty the differently talented buddies display." Booklist Booklist, ALA
"...It is the perfectly paced narrative arc and fully satisfying conclusion...that will guarantee it wide audience appeal." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Egan's story...offers universal lessons about loyalty, persistence, and other character traits that make someone a real winner...It's a homerun." Christian Science Monitor