YOGI by Barb Rosenstock

YOGI

The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Lawrence Peter Berra did not resemble a baseball player in any way.

He was a funny-looking, squat-bodied kid from a poor Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, where his baseball team had to improvise with borrowed or jury-rigged equipment. He would often sit with legs and arms crossed, studying the nuances of the game, a posture that earned him the nickname he would have for the rest of his life. From the beginning of his career as a New York Yankee, he was a great hitter, and he gradually became a great catcher, always willing to learn from coaches and mentors. Initially he endured a barrage of hurtful insults from the press and his teammates about his appearance, but his delightful personality, his unique way with words, and, of course, the fact that he was a large reason for the Yankees’ many championships soon made him beloved by all. Rosenstock covers all the bases, focusing on Yogi’s great love of baseball, his determination to succeed, and, most of all, his longing for baseball to love him back. His perplexing, witty, and wise “Yogi-isms” are incorporated in the text as well as appearing in large, hand-lettered blurbs within the illustrations. Widener’s colorful, muscular acrylic cartoons are not lifelike portraits of Berra but beautifully capture his essence.

A loving homage to a charismatic baseball hero. (author’s note, photographs, statistics, quotes, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-62979-824-0
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:




MORE BY BARB ROSENSTOCK

ChildrenTHROUGH THE WINDOW by Barb Rosenstock
by Barb Rosenstock
ChildrenOTIS AND WILL DISCOVER THE DEEP by Barb Rosenstock
by Barb Rosenstock
ChildrenBLUE GRASS BOY by Barb Rosenstock
by Barb Rosenstock

MORE BY TERRY WIDENER

ChildrenTHE STREAK by Barb Rosenstock
by Barb Rosenstock
ChildrenTHE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS by Alexis ONeill
by Alexis ONeill
ChildrenYOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?! by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenYOU NEVER HEARD OF CASEY STENGEL?! by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter