- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; 1st Printing edition (February 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763649465
- ISBN-13: 978-0763649463
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Randy Riley's Really Big Hit Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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Van Dusen’s tale is inventive and humorous. Randy is a lovably nerdy genius who is admired for his brains and is part of a team that doesn’t seem to mind his poor batting average. Gouache paintings use clean crisp lines and sharp, bright colors in a variety of perspectives. Everything from the cars in the driveways to the living-room décor places the events in pre-computer, mid-20th-century America. A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game.
With all the bases covered-musical text, entertaining artwork, and surefire subject matter-this title bats 1,000 for group or lapsit read-alouds.
—School Library Journal
Randy may be an easy out with a bat, but his heroism merits a spot at the heart of any budding geek’s lineup.
In this retro rhyming tribute to mind over batter, Van Dusen casts a wide net: anyone who's a fan of nerds, "Casey at the Bat," classic science fiction, or mid-century design should find something to like in these eye-popping pages.
Children will enjoy the adventures of a young boy who used his love of baseball to save the day.
—Library Media Connection
Young Randy Riley has two passions: science and baseball. But he's more of a student than an athlete. As Chris Van Drusen puts it in verse: "See, Randy was a genius;/he just couldn't hit the ball./He struck out every time at bat./He wasn't good at all." But when Randy spies through his "Space Boy telescope" a massive fireball hurling toward Earth, his way with robots saves more than a game. In science fiction, there's more than one way to hit a home run.
Chris Van Dusen's RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT won me over at first swing... There's a cool retro feel to this sci-fi rhyming book along with some gloriously comic special effects. It's just scary enough to be a page turner and brings a whole new twist to kids and baseball.
—The Boston Globe
With a nod to "Casey at the Bat," a dash of science geek, and the impending destruction of the earth, RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT has something for everyone.
—Huffington Post Parents blog
About the Author
Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of King Hugo's Huge Ego and The Circus Ship, and the illustrator of the best-selling Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in Maine.
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My son grew up a little and became obsessed with baseball, Chris van Dusen had a book for that, complete with his resplendent, detailed illustrations and melodic, flowing text. My son loves this book. We read it every night before baseball practice and games for sure. It doesn't focus on winning or losing, it has nothing really to say about how ridiculous kids sports have become, it focuses on triumph through observation, caring, hard work and thinking. Thank you Chris van Dusen. He promotes thinking through the unusual, unexpected scenarios in all his books.
I'm into cars and appreciate his lovely vintage aerospace and mid century styled vehicles and "if I built l a car" was right up my alley. We have 7 or 8 van Dusen books and they are all a pleasure to read over and over, unlike some story books. I especially enjoy the length, rhyme and amount of text per page. Fantastic for bedtime or whenever. Anyone else receive kids books filled with four large paragraphs plus per page with a 30 page length? Those never get read at bedtime in our house, they fancy up the book case and get mistakenly chosen from time to time. I have two boys under 6, I am not spending 45 minutes on one book.
Van Dusen is a master. I will buy every book he writes with a smile on my face, write my dedication to my kids on the inner cover and preserve them for the next generation. I buy them for other parents and fellow car and trailer enthusiasts with kids.
You WILL love his illustrations and energy, his completely inconsequential stories which avoid any political, global, religious, ecological, patriotic, holiday or moral topics or references. Van Dusen makes such great books that you will catch yourself protecting, preserving and looking through them all on your own.
Chris Van Dusen's books are amazing. We discovered him through our library and fell in love with his writing and art. We've read all his books to our kids hundreds of times each and they are always fun to read and look at. His art is really breathtaking. Best of all we got to meet him and get our books signed and he's even super cool in person. A really nice guy. I highly recommend getting his entire collection of books.