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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (May 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060090685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060090685
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 2-6. There always seems to be one more version of the news that there's no joy in Mudville. The 1888 poem is given very modern dress by Neiman, who forsakes his usual gaudy palette for muscular charcoal drawings. There's a profusion of full-page and double-page-spread images of Casey and his fellow players, dramatic close-ups and poses worthy of antique Greek statuary. Neiman raises his figures to mythic level: even long shots showing the pitcher throwing to Casey from the mound achieve a hieratic quality. Christopher Bing's Caldecott Honor book, Casey at the Bat (2000), with its marvelous period images and collage effects, is about as different from Neiman's Sports-Illustrated-esque style as it could possibly be and is possibly more kid-friendly. However, Jose Torre's genial introduction, which talks about teamwork and play and passion, may draw young fans. GraceAnne DeCandido
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LeRoy Neiman, best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, is a long-time chronicler of contemporary lifestyles and one of the most popular living artists in America. Neiman's work is represented in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and numerous other museums and private collections. He lives in New York City.

Ernest L. Thayer (1863-1940) wrote newspaper humor pieces under the pseudonym "Phin." Casey at the Bat was first published in 1888.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ronn on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having a son named Casey, I have many copies of "Casey at the Bat". Each and every one of them has Cooney and Burrows die at first. The new Harper Collins edition reads.."And then when Cooney died at second, and Burrows did the same..." Not only does this interrupt the meter of the poem, it doesn't make any baseball sense. Mudville is losing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth. When Cooney gets up there are no outs. How does he die at second? How does Burrows do the same? Did they try to stretch a single into a double? I can just see the veins popping out on the managers forehead when they pulled that stunt. This line is really something to think about and I am wondering where the editors at Harper Collins came across it.
The illustrations by Leroy Neiman are wonderful. Here you see a very Mantlesque looking Casey straining every muscle to connect with that pitch and end the game with a towering blast. I also loved the fact that they are not in color. The only disturbing part is that before the final verse of the poem, you are clearly shown that Casey has missed the ball. Now we all know that Casey struck out, but you don't want to know that until the text tells you. To this day I always hope that air which is shatterd has been the result of his hitting the ball. The placement of Mr Neiman's illustrations takes that hope away. If I had been reading this to my son for the first time, he would surely have seen that the mighty Casey had failed. There would have been no need to read the last stanza. I certainly do not recommend this as a childs first introduction to this poem. The format and illustrations are wonderful, but save it for your second purchase!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on June 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What do you get when you combine Ernest Thayer's beloved, boys of summer poem and artist, Leroy Neiman's rich, charcoal illustrations? A unique and evocative rendering of Americana that adds an additional rare gem to the rich collection of Casey At The Bat books. Mr Neiman's unique, expressive, and dynamic artwork brings the poem to life in all its emotional splendor and glory. From the introduction by New York Yankee's manager, Joe Torre, to the very last page, as muscular Casey, bat in hand, hangs his head and takes that lonely walk from the plate into fictional history, young and old alike will be entranced by this powerful and engaging, larger than life story. Perfect for youngsters 8 and older, Leroy Neiman's, oversized, coffee table-like Casey At The Bat is a combination of verse and artwork at its finest, and a must for both baseball fans and art lovers everywhere.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James G. Casey on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the book covers was torn and covered with a black substance. It was unsuitable to gift to the intended recipient. I had to obtain another book locally. I tried to contact Horizon Books via telephone, but never got an answer. I would appreciate a replacement copy!
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Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, it is a healthy thing to modernize the classic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat." Written over a century ago, it is still an excellent description of a wonderful game. In this book, Neiman uses some superb sketches that depict the players of today. Names and numbers are on the backs of the uniforms, Casey wears a batting helmet, the fans are wearing modern clothing and Casey looks like a slugger. Depicted as a muscular behemoth, his arms look like he could crush the life out of a bear.
Reading "Casey at the Bat" is a delight in any form and I highly recommend this one.
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