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Publisher Comments:

Randy likes space, robots, and baseball, but he can't ace everything . . . or can he? Chris Van Dusen knocks one out of the park with a comical ode to ingenuity.

Randy Riley loves two things: science and baseball. When it comes to the solar system, the constellations, and all things robot, Randy is a genius. But on the baseball diamond? Not so much. He tries . . . but whiffs every time. Then, one night, Randy sees something shocking through his Space Boy telescope: its a fireball, and its headed right for his town! Randy does the math, summons all of his science smarts, and devises a plan that will save the day in a spectacular way. Once again, Chris Van Dusen winds up his visual humor, dizzying perspectives, perfect pacing, and rollicking rhyme and delivers a hit to make readers stand up and cheer.

Review:

"In this retro rhyming tribute to mind over batter, Van Dusen (King Hugo's Huge Ego) casts a wide net: anyone who's a fan of nerds, 'Casey at the Bat,' classic science fiction, or mid-century design should find something to like in these eye-popping pages. The bespectacled hero is a kid who adores baseball but can't hit the side of a barn; his real talent lies in astronomy and astrophysics ('He studied all the planets./ He memorized their tilt./ He researched how the thrusters/ on the rocket ships were built'). When Randy spots a 'massive fireball' hurtling toward Earth, a geek's gotta do what... well, you know: he invents a giant robot that hits a homer that saves the entire world. Van Dusen ramps up the action by having the goofiness unfold in the shiny, candy- colored suburbia of the early 1960s. For young readers, it's an opportunity to encounter a strange civilization where coffee tables are kidney-shaped and mothers wear skirts even when they're not at work; they'll appreciate hitching a ride on Van Dusen's time machine. Ages 4 — 7. Agent: Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of King Hugo's Huge Ego and The Circus Ship, and the illustrator of the best-selling Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763649463
Author:
Van Dusen, Chris
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Dusen, Chris Van
Author:
an Dusen, Chris
Author:
V
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
baseball;robots
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.6 x 10.11 x 0.37 in 1.145 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 7

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Product details 32 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763649463 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this retro rhyming tribute to mind over batter, Van Dusen (King Hugo's Huge Ego) casts a wide net: anyone who's a fan of nerds, 'Casey at the Bat,' classic science fiction, or mid-century design should find something to like in these eye-popping pages. The bespectacled hero is a kid who adores baseball but can't hit the side of a barn; his real talent lies in astronomy and astrophysics ('He studied all the planets./ He memorized their tilt./ He researched how the thrusters/ on the rocket ships were built'). When Randy spots a 'massive fireball' hurtling toward Earth, a geek's gotta do what... well, you know: he invents a giant robot that hits a homer that saves the entire world. Van Dusen ramps up the action by having the goofiness unfold in the shiny, candy- colored suburbia of the early 1960s. For young readers, it's an opportunity to encounter a strange civilization where coffee tables are kidney-shaped and mothers wear skirts even when they're not at work; they'll appreciate hitching a ride on Van Dusen's time machine. Ages 4 — 7. Agent: Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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