Synopses & Reviews
America's favorite pasttime from A to Z.
From young to old, new to tried-and-true, here is the baseball book for every fan. With one or more baseball-related terms for each letter arranged in alphabetic order, accompanied by a stirring illustration, this gorgeous compendium celebrates America's game. Large paintings of scenes alternate with scrapbook-style pages. Facts, figures, faces, lists, and other information comprise an additional resource in the back of the book. As contemporary as today's sports page and as nostalgic as an old baseball card, this is an alphabet book for kids, their parents and grandparents that can be used all through the year.
"Golenbock defines several baseball terms and phrases for each letter of the alphabet, the entries and their definitions appearing in trim sidebars that let Andreasen's artwork take center stage. Figures like Babe Ruth and Alexander Cartwright ('The man who invented baseball') are mentioned alongside terms like 'bases loaded,' 'fielder's choice,' 'line drive' and 'southpaw,' which all receive brief definitions. Andreasen offers muted images of players batting, sliding into base, and pitching, as well as scenes of families enjoying games together and nostalgic still-lifes of well-worn uniforms, pennants, and other memorabilia. While there are a few weak entries (such as 'questions' and 'quotations' for Q), this is a soft-tempo and fairly comprehensive guide for fans looking to hone their baseball vocabulary. Additional baseball facts including stats, awards, teams, and trivia appear in appended pages. Ages 6 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Peter Golenbock is a sports journalist and author with six bestselling adult titles, and is one of the best-known baseball writers today. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.