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Smarty Marty's Got Game Hardcover – October 15, 2013

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Gr 1-4-Smarty Marty and her brother, Mikey, have tickets to the baseball game against their hometown team's biggest rivals. But Mikey isn't really a fan, especially when comparing baseball to video games. Lucky for him, his sister is the perfect companion to give him an appreciation for it, from keeping score to chowing down on snacks to walk-off home runs. Smarty Marty learned everything she knows about baseball from her great grandmother, and the narrative effectively captures the way families share both the love of a sport and of a particular team. The author capably weaves a substantial amount of basic information about baseball throughout, making this picture book a useful tool for families or caregivers looking to introduce children to the sport or prepare them for their first game. The kids' narrative occasionally takes a backseat to this background material, but McCauley's visually engaging cartoon layouts, unique perspectives, and overlayed frames capture the excitement of watching a live game. The vibrant color scheme largely emphasizes purples, greens, and oranges, with plenty of contrasting black and white accents. Back matter includes a biographical author note and tips for keeping score.-Ted McCoy, Oakland Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A San Francisco Giants in-game reporter, Gutierrez delivers a primer not just on baseball in general but on the intricacies of scoring the game like a pro and pitching the slang like a fastball. Baseball-lover Marty wants to teach her younger brother, baseball-doubter Mikey, to love the game as much as she does, so she takes him to the stadium, where she handily shows off her copious knowledge. Marty learned to love the game from her great-grandmother, and she’s determined to pass along the enthusiasm and teach Mikey some valuable information: What does a backward K mean? What’s a 6–4–3? What do you call the first two hitters? What are you telling someone when you shout, “Grab some pine?” McCauley hits a homer with clean, charming art that gives emotional investment to the facts and captures moments of the game in its greatest glory. From first pitch to grand slam, Gutierrez delivers a fun, snappy lesson. A joy for new fans and seasoned pros dying to share their love of the game. Grades 1-3. --Jesse Karp

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cameron + Company (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937359514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937359515
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda L Watts on November 14, 2013
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Well-written. Fun. Great for adults even though it is a book for young folks. A book for baseball fans and would-be baseball fans of any age ... even if you aren't interested in keeping score.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Classic Movie Fan on October 31, 2013
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Amy Gutierrez is a native Californian, an athlete, a mother, and a broadcast journalist for Comcast. She does in-game reports and special interviews and other productions about the San Francisco Giants. She "knows" her stuff!

This cute little book is perfect for young baseball fans because it teaches them there is more to watching a game than just seeing the ball get hit and eating hot dogs.

Helping youngsters learn to keep score is a great way to get them interested in the strategy of the game, the situational pitching, where the defense stands for a particular batter, why the ball is thrown to a certain base at a given time. Scorekeeping opens up discussions about all these things and more.

In the beginning of the book, Marty's little brother thinks baseball is "boring." It doesn't take long for Marty to show him how interesting and fun baseball can be.

Also, this book is not only well written, the illustrations are wonderful, the colors bright, the paper heavy -- a quality print which will last a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. C. on October 23, 2013
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This is a WONDERFUL baseball book in general. It's even more sweet if you're a Giants fan and have watched the author, Amy G, during the broadcasts. The book is a touching, informative, and a great introduction to the game. Pretty cool that it embraces girls and boys into the game. Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Mary on October 14, 2013
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Smarty Marty is an absolutely adorable book that is perfect for lovers of baseball. It even goes against gender stereotypes, since in this book, it's the sister that loves baseball and the brother who is unsure! I'd say this would be the perfect gift for both young girls and boys who are baseball fans - and since it's written by Amy G, especially for fans of the San Francisco Giants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley R. on November 3, 2013
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Great instruction book on baseball for young ones written by a great asset to the San Francisco Giants, who is fondly known as Amy G to her many fans. We bought this book for our great granddaughter who is at present too young for it, but when the time is right will use it to instruct her younger brother in the art of keeping a scorecard. Go Giants!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HappyShopper on October 13, 2013
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This is an excellent book about baseball for children ( and adults!). The author explains how the game works and gives baseball lingo in a way that children understand. I am a huge Giants Fan, but this book is really for any team. The book even explains how to keep score! Nicely illustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 10, 2013
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When I heard this book was sold out at the game, I tapped on my Amazon app on my iPhone and searched for Amy G's book. Amazon had it for half price. I pressed a few more buttons and got the book a few days later. I'm happy that the book notes part of the proceeds go to the Jr Giants!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Guy on October 8, 2013
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This book is the creation of Amy Gutierrez, the in-game reporter for the San Francisco Giants. It's a labor of love made for young (and old) people who love baseball.
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