Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.