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Ballpark Hardcover – March 23, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (March 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688157556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688157555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,705,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cooper embarks on another distinctively American outing as he records the activities at a stadium from early on the morning of a baseball game to its close. Much like his Country Fair, the author strikes an informality of tone and look that is reminiscent of a notebook (e.g., the type face mimics hand lettering, playfully arranged to suggest the circular motion of a clothes dryer or the arc of a hard-hit baseball; sketchy figures lack facial features; and barely legible scribbles label some of the people and objects pictured). Yet, unlike the inherently child-centered event of a fair, here Cooper inhabits a rather adult world, so readers may feel distanced from the all-American event. The account takes on a new energy at game time, when cheering crowds arrive and the on-field action begins, but still the observations are more sophisticated in nature (e.g. "the umpire and the manager get belly to belly.... They get personal, and kick dirt"). The most childlike portion of the text is saved for last, "Outside, against the wall of the park, a boy and a girl throw a ball until it's time for them to go home, too." This one may have some appeal for die-hard ball players, but will more likely appeal to older fans of Cooper's work. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2?In this slight offering, Cooper describes the activities that occur at a baseball stadium before and during a game. The text is handprinted and sometimes arranged in a circle or a square. The watercolor-and-pencil drawings of workers and players are tiny, cartoonlike replications without facial features or details. Some of the objects in the illustrations are labeled and terse dialogue appears next to some of the figures; sloppily scribbled in faded pencil, these words are barely legible. The book has an unfinished quality that is unlikely to hit home with young readers.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Elisha is the award-winning author "Farm," "A Good Night Walk," and "Homer." "Beach" won the 2006 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. "Dance!" was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. His adult books include "A Year in New York" and the memoir "Crawling: A Father's First Year." He lives with his family in New York.

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By A Customer on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Cooper, seemingly a friendly figure, is in touch with the darker forces, the sexual urges, the needs, the coming and goings of desire and anger and the fury that makes people hurl bats at each other.
A must for every fan of ball games, games, watercolor, and hot dogs.
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By A Customer on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Cooper, seemingly a friendly figure, is in touch with the darker forces, the sexual urges, the needs, the coming and goings of desire and anger and the fury that makes people hurl bats at each other.
A must for every fan of ball games, games, watercolor, and hot dogs.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Adorable pictures,and the text was visually whimsical and informative. A fun read.
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