Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Life's a Ball with Billy the Baseball

By Mark Cervasio

Billy enjoys a simple life as a cork, spending his days hanging around with his friends Frankie, the football, B-Ball the basketball, Doc the medicine ball and a golf ball named Nick. Billy dreams of great things but his friends all believe that that is all there is to it: dreams. Then one day, the life of this little cork is changed dramatically. In an exciting turn of events, Billy goes from being just another cork in a factory to being proudly displayed in a new home: the Baseball Hall of Fame. Children of all ages are invited to travel with Billy on his journey in Life’s a Ball with Billy the Baseball by Mark Cervasio.
Readers will share in Billy’s initial trepidation, his wonder and excitement along his incredible yet realistic journey. Told from the point of view of the baseball, this is an attention grabbing story filled with information for the young (and not so young) baseball fan. Facts about the weight of major league baseballs, their circumference, the number of stitches they boast and how long their baseball career lasts are all effortlessly weaved through the narrative. Fans will learn interesting facts about how balls are transported, inspected and used as well as a very interesting tidbit involving New Jersey mud.

This is a great book. Young audiences enjoy hearing the story from a unique perspective and are captivated by the story and the accompanying illustrations. Adults will appreciate the wealth of information, easily understood due to the simplicity of the book.

Baseball fans old and young alike will want this colorful and fun book on their library shelves.

This review was submitted by Kristin Pace. Kristin is a wife and mother and founder of The Book-Trotter.  She wrote her first review 20 years ago and has been reading and loving books ever since.

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