Fuzzy Baseball

John Steven Gurney. Papercutz, $9.99 paper (56p) ISBN 978-1-62991-477-0
Gurney (the A to Z Mysteries series), in his first graphic novel, offers an entertaining play-by-play account of a baseball game between two rival teams, the Fernwood Valley Fuzzies (“These are the good guys!” he notes) and the Rocky Ridge Red Claws. The co-ed teams, whose uniforms echo those of the Dodgers and White Sox in years past, consist of various animals, often with punny names like Hammy Sosa and Sandy Kofox. With the addition of fan turned rookie Blossom Honey Possum, the Fuzzies hope to finally beat the Red Claws. “What a beautiful day for baseball!” shouts the lizard announcer, only to wail “What a horrible day for baseball!” a few pages later as Gurney zips to the ninth inning, with the Fuzzies down by three. Gurney’s love of the game is apparent, and he fills the pages with visual jokes and other references for fellow fans. It’s hard not to see a little Babe Ruth in the Fuzzies’ hulking bear of a first baseman/manager, and when the game gets good, fans follow along via radio, television, and even newspaper, which must be doing some very fast reprinting. Ages 6–10. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/14/2016
Release date: 05/03/2016
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 56 pages - 978-1-5458-0435-3
Prebound-Sewn - 64 pages - 978-0-606-39072-9
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