SKYROCKETS AND SNICKERDOODLES by Julia Van Nutt

SKYROCKETS AND SNICKERDOODLES

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

The ever-so-slight Cobtown series (The Monster in the Shadows, 2000, etc.) arrives at the Fourth of July, and baseball, without much energy behind it. As usual, the story comes from the diary of Lucky Hart, who at age ten in 1845 is the shortstop for her town’s team. Cobtown’s disappeared from the local maps (mouse damage) and been renamed Carbuncle. No one is happy, certainly not the baseball team, now the Carbuncle Skyrockets. On the Fourth, they will face the Ploomajiggy Unbeatables (P.U., it says on their uniforms) under the newly adopted rules of “base ball.” The only way to get the town’s name back is to find the original town marker, which no one remembers ever seeing. But they do find an old recipe for snickerdoodles (duly reproduced) and Aunt Heddy promises a batch of the cookies to whoever locates the marker. A bumptious goat and a pig figure prominently in both the town’s restoration and the baseball game. The illustrations, which have the hard sheen and roundheaded geometry of computer images or bad cartoon art, perk up a bit in the small vignettes like the team rosters and the rule book. But there are long pages of handwritten text that will definitely challenge any reader. Earnest in its silliness, but ho-hum and way too much reading. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 12th, 2001
ISBN: 0-385-32553-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Doubleday
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2001




MORE BY JULIA VAN NUTT

ChildrenTHE MONSTER IN THE SHADOWS by Julia Van Nutt
by Julia Van Nutt
ChildrenA COBTOWN CHRISTMAS by Julia Van Nutt
by Julia Van Nutt