Casey at the Bat

Ernest Thayer, Author, Gerald Fitsgerald, Illustrator Atheneum Books $15 (1p) ISBN 978-0-689-31945-7
Penned in 1888, Thayer's classic ballad is still as fresh as a rookie pitcher; it has earned its place in the Read-Aloud Hall of Fame. Though the style is slightly formal and young audiences may not catch every word (""upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat""), no one will miss the gist of the tale. With a few brief strokes of his brush, Fitzgerald captures an era-a hat of a certain style, a pair of glasses, the cut of a suit-and his light-dappled acrylics seem aged by a fine patina. He manipulates perspective to wonderful advantage, bringing a sense of movement to the pages: readers are now in the stands, now at third base, now behind the catcher as the mighty Casey prepares to swing at the ball. A home-run effort. Ages 6-10. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/03/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
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Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-06-009068-5
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