by Michael Dahl
Christina Forshay, illustrator
Picture Window Books
Back Cover: From arrival st the stadium to the last goodnight, Goodnight Baseball is a sweet, nostalgic tale—told in gentle, fun rhyme—taking readers through the thrill of a baseball game. With rich illustrations and careful rhythm, this is the perfect bedtime book for every sports fan.
Opening: The great big stadium is outside of town. Fans and friends come from miles around.
About the Story: An unnamed father and son spend the day at the local baseball teams’ stadium. They get their seats and refreshments, settling in for a great day. The game begins. Pitchers throw the ball to waiting batters, who smack it into the field. Fielders snag the hit ball, throwing it at the runner’s base in an attempt to make an out. After three outs, the sides change and now the home team is up to bat. At game’s end, the father and son say goodnight to various people and things, then return home where the son is tucked in for a goodnight’s sleep.
What I Thought: Told in simple, short sentences Goodnight Baseball tells the story of a day at the local baseball stadium, watching the pros play baseball. The day goes by, step-by-step from entering the stadium to leaving at game’s end. Any kid could put themselves and their father into this story, which is a fun option for imaginative children. Kids can imagine the sights and sounds of a ballgame in a real stadium, shared with their parent.
I like the play-by-play action, as it were. The short sentences call the action on the field and in the seats. Kids can read this one alone or share it with a parent. Goodnight Baseball is a positive experience, with smiles on every character. Substituting their own favorite teams for the generic Rockets and Stars kids can imagine being at any game with any team, pro or not. The author has father and son saying goodnight to home plate and other inanimate objects. This unusual approach brings out some of the elements of a baseball game.
Goodnight, diamond. Goodnight, grass. Goodnight, home plate where each runner ran past.
I love the illustrations. Everything is bright and authentic. The boy smiles so wide he has no trouble eating his hotdog. Soon, he catches a baseball, which is a thrilling moment is a kid’s life. I still have the baseball I caught at a Detroit Tiger’s game when I was eight or nine. This feeling is shown again when the boy falls asleep, a stuffed baseball souvenir in his hand.
Young kids, especially boys, will love this picture book. The story is simple but the action is great and the boy’s wonderful afternoon is visibly evident from his exciting stadium entrance to falling asleep in the car on the drive home. With all the goodnights, Goodnight Baseball makes a good bedtime story. Because of reading Goodnight Baseball, parents may find themselves saying good night to all sorts of objects in their child’s bedroom. Goodnight Baseball is a Sports Illustrated Kids edition.
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Ages: 4 to 7
© 2013 y Capstone Young Readers, used with permission
Text copyright © 2013 by Michael Dahl
Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Christina Forshay
Picture Window Books is an imprint of Capstone Books
Sports Illustrated Kids is a registered trademark of Time, Inc.
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