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Out of the Ballpark Hardcover – February 6, 2007
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–This picture book by a New York Yankees' star features the familiar story of a young boy who achieves his ballpark dreams through hard work and determination. His team is in the playoffs, but he is having a terrible game. The Caribes win, nonetheless, and they're on their way to the championship. Alex, however, wants to improve, and practices constantly with a friend (even going so far as to get up at 5:00 a.m. to practice before school). Young Alex is a likable protagonist who's also playing for his friends and family in the stands. Morrison's action-packed illustrations, in vivid hues, help keep the story moving at a brisk pace. Rodriguez concludes with a note that includes his credo for success: No matter what your dreams and goals, you can never go wrong if you give them all you've got. The scrapbook of photos from his youth, including pictures of his family and friends, is nicely done. This book's appeal will lie mainly with young fans of the Yankee athlete.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Writing without (credited) assistance, the Yankees' renowned third baseman looks back to his childhood for this inspirational but not heavily moralistic tale. Bouncing back from a playoff game that his team wins despite his own poor performance, young Alex works hard on his skills all week, aces a math test, and then goes on to win the championship game with a grand slam in the bottom of the final inning. Morrison illustrates with paintings of big-headed, sinuous-limbed figures in high-energy poses, and an album of engaging family photos is appended. A better-than-average celebrity product, this promotes both directly and indirectly the customary possibility of achieving dreams through relentless effort and family support. John Peters
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Although other reviewers seem to love the book, my son can barely tolerate it and will pick any other baseball book before this one. He doesn't light up like he does with Posada's book, or any of his baseball books, for that matter.
His favorites are the amazing Casey At the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (Caldecott Honor Book), the entertaining Casey Back at Bat, the beautifully illustrated Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth and a book that features his favorite player, Dear Ichiro.
The story felt like it was trying too hard to me and never really developed the great rhythm good children's book authors seem to find. Take note: this is a fictional story loosely based on events in A-Rod's life...a fact that isn't revealed until you've completed the story. I probably wouldn't have purchased the book had I known it was fiction.
When it comes to children's books, Posada hit a homerun. A-Rod, well, I'll give him a bloop single...and I'm giving him that for picking a decent illustrator!
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