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Take Me Out to the Yakyu Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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* “The art has a fresh, attractive, naïf quality that fits the story perfectly. Using mostly blue for the American team and red for the Japanese, these bright pages do an excellent job of delineating each place while capturing the enthusiam they share. Final pages include a chart of baseball words and other fun words in English and Japanese and an author’s note with additional information. Easy to follow and fascinating even for nonfans, this bicultural baseball outing provides a fresh, joyful take on the grand old game.” (Booklist, February 1, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)
“The chunky font, candy-colored cartoon pictures, and Japanese pop-art style will have plenty of appeal for newly independent readers, and an author’s note adds more comparative detail about game rules and stadiums. Baseball-obsessed primary-schoolers will relish this offbeat addition to the meager beginning-reader sports collection.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
* “A young boy enjoys the best of two baseball worlds. This fortunate youngster can savor the fine points of baseball in America and yakyu in Japan…. It’s all a perfectly constructed, vivid picture of the two nations’ particular takes on what has become both of their national pastimes, as well as a multigenerational love of the game. Colorful charts of Japanese and English baseball terms and other words add to the fun. Yakyu or baseball, it’s all sheer joy.” (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)
“The mostly mirror images on the well-balanced pages set up a quiet rhythm, thrillingly interrupted when both hitters get a home run (“Crack! / Kakiiin!”) and their baseballs cross paths and go flying through the facing page. Young fans intrigued by the game’s cultural differences will easily see that rooting for the home team—whether it’s “Win! Win! Win!” or “Do your best!”—is fun no matter where you are.” (The Horn Book, March/April 2013)
"The bright and cheerful acrylic illustrations feature shades of blue for the U. S. and reds for Japan, making it easy to distinguish between the two. The pages are nicely designed with clean lines and no clutter. A lively and enjoyable read for baseball fans, and a great choice for those compare-and-contrast lessons." (School Library Journal, February 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)
“Baseball may be considered the great American pastime, but the Japanese have embraced the sport with a fervor all their own. This exceptional book marries the two traditions with charming naïf illustration and clear text…. The book’s deceptive simplicity includes sophisticated cultural touches: America’s paper tickets offer a charming contrast to the Japanese scannable QR code version. Meshon’s first picture book is a definite home run. (Kakiiin!)” (The New York Times Book Review, March 10, 2013)
*AN EZRA JACK KEATS NEW ILLUSTRATOR HONOR BOOK* (The Ezra Jack Keats Awards)
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"I love baseball . . . in America . . . and in Japan." The boy telling us this is a ruddy-cheeked cheery little dickens. In his left hand he holds the red jersey of a Japanese team. In his right, the blue of an American. He then leads us through what it's like to attend a baseball game with his American pop pop in the States and his ji ji in Japan. Some differences are small.Read more ›
Little details in the illustrations show differences between the two countries. As mentioned above, the landscapes are different, as well as the venues in which baseball is played and the snacks sold at the game. On the snack tray, the boy’s pop pop hold two tickets while the boy’s ji ji has the ticket numbers and a QR code on his cell phone. The American pitcher throws a 95 mile-per-hour fastball and the Japanese toushu throws a 153 kilometer-per-hour sokkyu (fastball). The fans cheer “Go for it!” and “Ganbatte!” The boy goes home to a house with a garage in America and an apartment in Japan. In America, he sleeps in a bed while in Japan, he sleeps on a mat on the floor.
I have nothing but love for this book.Read more ›
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This is a great book that explains the beauty of baseball in both Japan and in the U.S..
I thought it might be too early for my 8 month old daughter but this is one of her... Read more
Read all the time with my daughter, she loves the baseball, the food, and the Japanese words.Published 9 months ago by Mooney
My five year old grandson lives in Japan. He can read this awesome book himselfPublished on August 8, 2014 by Carolk
Take Me Out to the Yakyu is the story of a biracial boy who compares the baseball experience with his grandfathers in America and Japan. Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by hennebe
Perfect for my granddaughter and her father to share! Very clever mix of two cultures and I hope that he does more with a similar theme.Published on January 15, 2014 by JeNeal M.
There are so many aspects of this book that I so adore and many people have already reviewed it and have talked about the lovely illustrations and cultural comparisons. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Margaroot
This book has been a hit with my two year old, five year old, AND seven year old boys. It's a simple story about a boy who has grandfathers in both the U.S. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Rachel