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Stop that Ball! (Beginner Books) Hardcover – September 12, 1959


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 12, 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Illus. in color. A boy's madcap adventures as he tries to retrieve his bouncing ball are told in "lively rhyming prose. Humorous, repetitious situations will delight children. Recommended."--School Library Journal.   

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The story told in simple rhymes is easily followed and remembered.
Noorunnisa d/o PK Ibrahim Kutty
I am pretty sure I made my mom read this book to me every single night as a child before I could read the whole thing alone.
Jaymie
I have read this book to kids of all ages and we always have a great time.
Kirk W. Leichner

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By robbrady@knightwave.com on September 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is narrated by a little boy who is enjoying an afternoon at play with his tethered big red ball. As happens any time a child is at play, something goes wrong that leads to a great and wonderful adventure. The string breaks, the ball gets loose, and the little boy follows it through the town in an effort to retrieve it. After a number of exciting events, it is finally blasted through the sky and lands in his own backyard. He arrives home to find that someone has already re-tethered it, so he immediately resumes an afternoon of play with his big red ball.
But once again, the ball gets loose, and the adventure starts anew as the book ends. My children found this absolutely delightful, and they read it over and over as though the story has no ending. This book is very motivating, as well as entertaining for children and parents.
There are also two minor characters in the book that add a great deal to the fun. The first is the boy's dog, whose expressions intensify the humor and action of the book. The second is a little girl who stands at the boy's fence watching him play. She appears almost hidden on most every page, and is once again present when the little boy arrives home to find his ball mysteriously tethered. Thought provoking and great fun. You and your children will love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirk W. Leichner on April 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Stop that ball is an hilarious story about a boy that is playing tether ball when all of the sudden, he knocks the ball off and follows it on an adventure all over town. The red ball gets into all kinds of silly trouble with the boy always one step behind. The ending with the little neighbor girl is classic. I have read this book to kids of all ages and we always have a great time. A fantastic story start to finish!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Hueffed on October 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Every year my first grade students tell me this is a great story. The book rhymes and the children love the rhyme. The children love the illustrations and the action that happens to the main characters ball.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was one of my favorite books when I was a child, and when I reread it as an adult, I can understand why. It is silly, has an easily understood rhyming sequence and tells a story of having fun while creating mayhem in the community.
It begins with the main character, a young boy, hitting a ball tethered to a pole with a bat. He hits it so hard that it comes off, flies over the fence and then rolls down the street. The adventure of the ball chased by the boy includes falling down a manhole, landing in a sand truck, going up a construction elevator, landing on a hill about to be blown away, bouncing to a house on fire, landing in a baseball game, being blown out of a tuba and finally being shot out of a cannon all the way back to the original back yard. Certainly a set of typical young boy fantasy adventures. The story concludes with the ball back on the string and it being hit once again so hard that it flies out of the yard.
Using simple colored diagrams and wording that is fun to read out loud, this is a book that will remain fun to read as long as children have a desire for adventures through reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is the one I remember most from childhood -- the images,the fun! You're child will love this book for YEARS. Am ordering two - for my 25 month old niece, and for my baby-to-be.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great, my kids love it. The pictures are expressive and keep their attention as we go through the story.
With both my children we followed the same pattern. First as I read the book and go from page to page I say "where's the ball" and the big red ball is easy for them to identify (for a 1 yr old) As they grow older and we continue to read the book I have them identify the dog, then the boy then the girl then the trucks, bicycle etc. It makes the book interactive for them and they are excited when I pull it from the stack of books.
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By David A Colson on April 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was so happy to get this, and it was in like-new condition! Had this read to me when I was little, and now I enjoy reading it to our little ones as well. Thanks, Jesse Colson
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By Jaymie on February 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am pretty sure I made my mom read this book to me every single night as a child before I could read the whole thing alone. Which is really something because it isn't very short. But it is so exciting, haha, and the rhyme is fun.
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