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Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog Paperback – January 14, 2012
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This is a must read for dog and baseball lovers everywhere. -- Rockford Examiner
. . . the book and its two heroes remind us of how persistence and determination sometimes trump sheer ability and talent. -- Reading Today Online
Those who pick this book up . . . will be rewarded with a quirky, unconventional look at baseball history. -- Booklist Online
The best part is that it tells an unknown piece of baseball history in a very unique way . . . . I highly recommend this one. -- McLiterature
Gregorich pulls readers in, those who are fans of the game and those who aren't. The reader is able to form an emotional connection with both Jack and Larry, experiencing the ups and downs of the world of major league baseball as Jack faces disappointment, joy, and heartache. -- Tennessee Council of Teachers of English
About the Author
Barbara Gregorich is the award-winning author of Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball, as well as of the baseball novel, She's on First. Throughout her writing career she has written for both adults and children, but never before in the same book. Jack and Larry is a story for all ages. A member of the Author's Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Society for American Baseball Research, Gregorich lives in Chicago. Her website is barbaragregorich.com
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I loved Jack's introduction to Larry: "The unexpected jumps at Jack, then zooms away. The four-footed black and white bullet races across the outfield, scatters dust through the infield, bumps into the backstop, and stands there panting. I laughed when I imagined myself being with Jack as we watched Larry "hurl himself against sweaty shoes and socks in ecstasy."
My favorite chapter was 'Frenzy.' I have felt just like Larry--particularly recently. It is comforting and perhaps humbling to know one has so much in common with a dog. My second favorite was 'Taking Care of Business.' I hope I am as well liked and resourceful as this bull terrier. I will often think about Larry teaching his team to trash talk in 'Dog Gone.' Consequently, the next time I read Ginsberg's 'Howl,' I will do so with an entirely new perspective. Being from Chicago, I even got the joke in the chapter "Goat' and the irony of 'Say it Ain't So.'
I am going to Cleveland in June to visit a friend. She is a grandmother and I plan to take this book with me so she can share it with her grandson.
More importantly, my husband is now legally blind (one of life's bad hoppers) from AMD and I often read things of interest to him. Tomorrow morning, I will read 'Jack and Larry' with our morning coffee.