LAST LICKS by Cari Best

LAST LICKS

A Spaldeen Story
Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Best (Top Banana, 1997, etc.) salutes the glory of the ubiquitous pink ball in a story of Annie, a ball-playing enthusiast. With her Sky-High Super Pinkie in tow wherever she goes, the thrill of playing ball is never far from Annie’s thoughts. She bounces it in the classroom, at home, while brushing her teeth, and even tucks her lucky ball into her pajama pocket at bed time. The only place she doesn’t let loose with her beloved Pinkie is near the building superintendent’s window, which houses his collection of pink trophies confiscated from other players. When the weekly punchball game is winding down, Annie is determined to have her final shot, or “last licks,” and it is a sensational hit, soaring beyond her wildest dreams. A surprise catch by the super leads to a sense of fellowship between the two. With consummate skill, Best captures the unbridled energy of a good ball game and the camaraderie of a neighborhood united in a timeless activity. Palmisciano’s bright illustrations convey the suspense of the tale as well as a view of life in a bustling cityscape. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-7894-2513-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: DK Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1999




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