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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 Hardcover – March 1, 2003
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Kindergarten-Grade 5-Payne's caricatures, rendered in a mix of acrylics, watercolor, ink, oils, and colored pencils, are a marvel of texture and personality. Casey himself is the picture of pride-massive upper body, toothpick ankles, rosy cheeks, enormous sideburns, and a handlebar mustache. He's the essence of nonchalance as he steps up to the plate, acknowledging his adoring fans. Payne alternates panoramic spreads with single scenes facing a white page comprised of a stanza and visual detail. At the climax, an extreme close-up of "mighty Casey," smoke coming out of his ears and gums glistening, is followed by a two-page cyclone of empty air consuming the batter. Notes about Thayer and the poem complete the offering. Christopher Bing's version (Handprint, 2000), with its scrapbook setting, provides an elegant window to a distant event. Patricia Polacco's Casey at the Bat (PaperStar, 1997), with its youthful framing story, creates sympathy for and accessibility to a sandlot tragedy. Payne's version brings its own flavor to the classic poem. While the staging details evoke the past effectively, the humor and drama elicit immediate interest. Make room in your lineup for this one.
Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4-8. This attractive, humorous version of the classic ballad features turn-of-the-century ballplayers, farmers, and fans. Rendered in acrylics, watercolor, oil, ink, and colored pencil, the art portrays a muscular Casey with handlebar mustache, ruddy cheeks and nose, cleft chin, and steam shooting from his ears after the second strike. Burly Casey's upper body musculature is so massive, he would be suspected of steroids today. Payne has a talent for distorting perspective for dramatic effect. The cover, for example, emphasizes Casey's immense shoulders, arms, and hands. Exaggerated human faces confer a garish quality that will amuse older kids, but younger kids may be taken aback. Smaller collections may not be able to squeeze another "Casey" onto their shelves, but larger collections will welcome this handsome interpretation. Linda Perkins
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I read the story to a group of young boys who had never heard it before. They were not expecting the ending the way it was. Their reaction was priceless. Every child should have this book in their home Library.
Sadly, out of print... though purchased through an excellent reseller.
It is a visual feast, a treat, to read this book. I find myself savoring each page. I can't imagine that what I paid for it is enough -- this book has more than repaid what I spent on it. What a way to introduce poetry to a young person; what a gift for an old baseball lover. The artwork invites a much deeper exploration of America.
A delicious book. Masterful.
... you should buy this book.
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