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Casey Back at Bat Paperback – March 24, 2009
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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4—In this winning picture book, Gutman revisits and updates Thayer's classic baseball poem. This time around (and much to everyone's surprise), Casey hits a fly ball that soars out of the park and keeps on going. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean and has an unfortunate encounter with a tower in Pisa before continuing on to the Sphinx in Egypt. Streaking through time, it passes dinosaurs (and sends them to their ultimate fate) and astronauts before heading back to Earth. The ride is uproarious from start to finish, and Gutman's broadly humorous verse hits all the right notes. This Casey is perfect for his role: smug, dense, and deliciously ripe for his comic send-up. "His arms, his legs, his neck, his lips-his teeth had muscles too./They rippled from his little toe up to his eyes of blue." Johnson and Fancher's paintings have a playfully nostalgic look, with a mix of textured papers and newsprint splashed across the surfaces of uniforms. Though "there's still no joy in Mudville," this is a fun read-aloud, and it will have baseball fans of all ages cheering. Gutman has reaffirmed the appeal of Thayer's classic.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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It had to happen; after all those iterations of Casey at the Bat, Gutman decides to continue the saga. Mudville is tied for first place. Casey comes to bat; even his teeth have muscles. He hits the ball mightily. He hits it so hard that it crosses the Atlantic, causes the Leaning Tower of Pisa to lean further, knocks the nose off the Sphinx--well, you get the idea. It even travels through time to explain what happened to the dinosaurs in an increasingly exuberant imagined rhyme. But in the end--suffice it to say there is still no joy in Mudville. The fab team of Johnson and Fancher makes wonderful, nineteenth-century-inspired paintings. Their amber glow, Victorian colors, and newsprint shadows are an excellent foil for Gutman's wit. An enjoyable extrapolation. GraceAnne DeCandido
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The original poem coupled with Bing's amazing illustrations are a tough act to follow, but Gutman does a good job. The paintings and story are more contemporary, but the author and illustrator pull it off.
Like the original poem, the ending will surprise you. A nice effort that will hold up nicely in any children's book collection.
Just like Orville Hodge in The Unknown Baseball Player, Cincinnati Redleg hero, the mighty Casey in this exciting baseball story was a great sports hero. But will his failures put him on the side lines? Nope! Casey is given a second chance to prove himself and does he ever. The strong muscular baseball player that looks like Pop-eye the sailor man, hits a ball that travels into outer space so to speak. And as the scenario of this story unfolds it is spell bounding as the reader is taken into different places throughout the world. Surely this is a book that no kid will ever want to put down until they read the last page.
Baseball fans of all ages will love this fun-filled humorous baseball story that is a sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's famous poem "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic." Dan Gutman does an excellent job using a baseball platform for this story and relating it to a famous poem. I give "Casey Back at Bat" five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.