“Baseball fans will feel they are at the ballpark when they read this account of the second annual Negro Leagues’ East-West game. The illustrations bring to mind the past and an Author’s Note explains the origin of the game. Fan favorites included Cool Papa Bell, Jimmie Crutchfeld, Oscar Charleston, Stachel Paige, Turkey Stearnes, and Mule Suttles. This book would be a wonderful read-aloud, as students will get the feel of the broadcast even more.”—Library Media Connection
“Writing in snappy rhymed couplets, Smith delivers a play-by-play, inning-by-inning account of the second annual East-West Classic, held in Chicago in 1934, an all-star face-off between the best players from the Negro League. Working in graphite, Morrison contributes full-bleed and spot illustrations of dynamic, athletic players in motion.”—Publishers Weekly“
Use this book as an exciting complement to Kadir Nelson’s We Are the Ship
About the Author
Charles R. Smith Jr.
is an acclaimed poet and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of My People
, a picture book based on the poem by Langston Hughes. He is also the illustrator of If
, and he won the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his book Twelve Rounds To Glory
. He grew up in California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. A magazine and book cover photographer in addition to a picture book creator, Charles now lives with his wife and son in Poughkeepsie, New York. Visit him on the web at CharlesRSmithJr.com.Frank Morrison
is the illustrator of many books, including Miz Mosetta
by Brenda C. Roberts, for which he received the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent, Out of the Ball Park
by Alex Rodriguez, and Long Shot
by Chris Paul.