Synopses & Reviews
At the 1929 Rose Bowl, talented center Roy Riegels picked up a fumble and made an incredible sixty-five-yard run. There was just one problem: Roy Riegels was running the wrong way!
Renowned author Dan Gutman recreates this painful (but funny) moment in sports history in a picture book play-by-play of the game's most thrilling moments-all framed by a friendly grandpa remembering the game for his grandson. Told with the excitement of a sports announcer calling the greatest game of his life, and shown through vivid, cartoonlike illustrations by Kerry Talbott, The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way is a feast of humor and history for any sports fan.
"Gutman showcases an infamous blunder in college football history in this play-by-play recap of an incident in the 1929 Rose Bowl between the University of California and Georgia Tech. When a player dropped the ball, Riegels, California's center, grabbed it and ran determinedly toward the wrong goalpost. Riegels realized his error at the one-yard line, but the mishap cost his team the game. The two-tiered narrative juxtaposes the breathless voice of the radio broadcaster ('Folks, I've never seen anything like it in all my days!') with dialogue between a contemporary boy and his grandfather, who's telling his grandson about Riegels's gaffe. With a muted palette that reinforces the period feel, Talbott's mixed-media cartoons approach caricature, depicting the characters' horrified expressions with an exaggeration that nods toward vintage comics. Gutman (Casey Back at Bat) notes that a humiliated Riegels jumped back into the game and performed well, underlining a message summed up neatly by the grandfather: 'It just goes to show that mistakes are not the end of the world.' Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
DAN GUTMAN is the author of the Baseball Card Adventures, the My Weird School series, Casey Back at Bat, The Million Dollar Shot, The Homework Machine, and many other books for young readers.
KERRY TALBOT is an illustrator of children's books as well as a cartoonist and editorial illustrator.