From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?A light, breezy, feel-good book. It's spring, and, for the animals of Pleasant Valley, that means baseball season has begun. Albert the duck, who appeared in Tryon's earlier books, is the team manager. Rather than substance, the rhyming text and art provide color, brightness, and well-behaved fun. "They pitch beanballs and mean balls, knuckleballs, and chuckleballs." Imaginative and charming gouache illustrations complement the frolicking verse. A few unusual perspectives add interest. Albert's Ballgame is for group reading or one-on-one sharing. Don't start spring training without it.?Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
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Ages 4^-6. Readers new to the series may puzzle over the title, since it is hard to figure out which animal character is Albert unless you have met him in a previous volume. No matter. The real star of the book is baseball, and this celebrates fun in the old ballpark. The fine-line drawings brightened with colorful washes make the most of the comic possibilities in the lilting, rhymed verses: "They hit fly balls / and sky balls, / slow balls, / and toe balls, / They hit foul balls way back or too wide." Don't expect a story here, just action and a bit of slapstick as the hometown amateurs put on their caps and take to the field for the entertainment of their enthusiastic friends and neighbors. Carolyn Phelan