A boy learns the ins and outs of batting practice in this colorful, educational children’s book.
They don’t call it America’s pastime for nothing. Baseball is one of the most popular sports for kids and adults alike, and there’s nothing wrong with starting early for basic skills and knowledge of the game. Here, young Nick is so excited for baseball practice that it’s the only thing he can think about (never mind lunch and math class). He and his teammates even wear their uniforms to school. After school, Nick meets up with his teammates—including Flo, Lucy, Carla, and others—and Coach to learn one of the most important baseball skills there is: hitting. Nick’s baseball coach guides his team of novice players with thorough explanations and a few smart tips, and soon, the kids on Nick’s team are smacking balls against a fence. They even learn about Babe Ruth, arguably the greatest slugger of all time. By the time the children end their baseball practice, they can’t wait to do it all again. Little kids (some adults too) can obsess over their favorite things, and this series is certainly best for baseball-obsessives. Author Christofora (The Hometown All-Stars, 2013, etc.) is a Little League coach himself, and his passion for the game—and for the kids he teaches—is obvious in the work. Prose is lively and engaging, not too much for a baseball-obsessed child to handle alone. Kids will delight in learning the basics, most of which they can take right into the backyard and put into practice. For grownups, Christofora also includes some coaching tips sure to jump-start any team’s practice schedule: “Put the batting station in front of a fence, so you don’t have to chase and pick up one million and one balls.” Tangeman’s fun-filled illustrations paint a glorious image of a lively day on the lush green of a baseball field, while Christofora’s constant encouragement for children to get outside and play is a wonderful notion.
Batter up for any baseball-loving family.