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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

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Witness the incredible record-breaking season of 1941!

At the start of the 1941 baseball season, neither Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees nor Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox were beloved by baseball fans. But all that changed when Joe started a 56-game hitting streak and Tedand#8217;s batting average rose to over .400. Despite the challenges along the way, the records set by these two baseball icons still live on today.

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"The huge lenticular cover image of pitcher Sandy Koufax in action makes this book hard to ignore; Winter's fan-in-the-stands-style prose and Carrilho's high-impact, editorial-style images make it hard to forget. Neither author nor artist 'explain' the famously self-contained 1960s Dodgers pitcher ('Just when you were startin' to understand him, he'd haul off and throw you a curve,' says the anonymous former teammate who serves as narrator). Instead, they capture what it feels like to be in the presence of an exemplary athlete. The obstacles that Sandy Koufax faced — physical limitations; anti-Semitism ('Some of the guys said some pretty lousy things behind his back — things I can't repeat') — are portrayed with zero sentiment; readers will root for Koufax because he is an engine of pure action. Debut artist Carrilho, offering texturally complex, digitally manipulated pencil drawings, has a bold, arresting aesthetic: while his harsh shadows, distorted perspectives and angular faces speak of a hardboiled reality, the baseball field itself is a storied place, rendered not in green but gold. Koufax becomes a figure of totemic strength, his eyes narrowing to black slits underneath bushy eyebrows, his body twisting as he delivers the perfect pitch. Not just a home run, this book is a grand slam. Ages 4 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Just in time for Opening Day — and Passover — comes this gorgeous tribute to the legendary left-handed pitcher who famously sat out a World Series game in observance of Yom Kippur. Starting with the cover, which holographically approximates a Koufax pitch from windup to release, the book captures the precise actions of baseball, the combination of patience and power that can lead to grand slams or... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Jonah Winter is the author of Muhammed Ali: Champion of the World, Roberto Clemente, and Dizzy. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

André Carrilho is the illustrator of Porch Lies by Patricia McKissack, which received three starred reviews. This is his first picture book. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375837388
Author:
Winter, Jonah
Publisher:
Schwartz & Wade Books
Illustrator:
Carrilho, Andre
Author:
illustrated by Andre Carrilho
Author:
Carrilho, Andre
Author:
Bildner, Phil
Author:
Schindler, S. D.
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Koufax, Sandy
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Sports & Recreation
Subject:
biography;baseball;picture book;sandy koufax
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 10.75 in 1 lb
Age Level:
04-09

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Product details 40 pages Schwartz & Wade Books - English 9780375837388 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The huge lenticular cover image of pitcher Sandy Koufax in action makes this book hard to ignore; Winter's fan-in-the-stands-style prose and Carrilho's high-impact, editorial-style images make it hard to forget. Neither author nor artist 'explain' the famously self-contained 1960s Dodgers pitcher ('Just when you were startin' to understand him, he'd haul off and throw you a curve,' says the anonymous former teammate who serves as narrator). Instead, they capture what it feels like to be in the presence of an exemplary athlete. The obstacles that Sandy Koufax faced — physical limitations; anti-Semitism ('Some of the guys said some pretty lousy things behind his back — things I can't repeat') — are portrayed with zero sentiment; readers will root for Koufax because he is an engine of pure action. Debut artist Carrilho, offering texturally complex, digitally manipulated pencil drawings, has a bold, arresting aesthetic: while his harsh shadows, distorted perspectives and angular faces speak of a hardboiled reality, the baseball field itself is a storied place, rendered not in green but gold. Koufax becomes a figure of totemic strength, his eyes narrowing to black slits underneath bushy eyebrows, his body twisting as he delivers the perfect pitch. Not just a home run, this book is a grand slam. Ages 4 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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