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Let's put our hands together! Now batting for Mudville . . . CaseyAmerica has been waiting for this mighty ballplayer to step up to the plate and right his wrong that left Mudville in a state of gloom. Now, in this humorous, seam-splitting sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic," award-winning author Dan Gutman offers Casey what anyLet's put our hands together! Now batting for Mudville . . . CaseyAmerica has been waiting for this mighty ballplayer to step up to the plate and right his wrong that left Mudville in a state of gloom. Now, in this humorous, seam-splitting sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic," award-winning author Dan Gutman offers Casey what any failed sports hero most desires--a second chance.Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher bring fans the tense excitement of a thrilling game with their fabulous art and inventive design. All eyes will be on Casey as he comes back to bat. . . .Will he finally bring joy to Mudville?...

Title : Casey Back at Bat
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ISBN : 9780060560256
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Casey Back at Bat Reviews

  • L13_Allison Safran
    2018-10-14 17:46

    "Casey Back at Bat" written by Dan Gutman will be enjoyed by kids of all ages who are sports fans. I can already picture this book having a waiting list in my classroom! It tells the story of a man named Casey who is a very famous baseball player and he has a big game coming up against Rutland. The story is so fun because at one point, Casey hits a ball way out into the sky and it flies all around the world. It flies to Italy, Egypt, India, and even to the past with the dinosaurs! I believe it is symbolism for how baseball swept the land and became so popular with one crack of the bat. To a child, however, it just seems funny and hilarious. "Casey Back at Bat" has very playful language and almost reads like poetry. The lines rhythm that is easy to hear when you read it aloud and each line rhymes with the line below. The images in the story are very unique because there is always one image that has screen-printed newspaper on it. For example, Casey's baseball uniform has newspaper headlines that are subtly integrated into his clothes. It is hard to explain without an image, but it is incredibly unique and beautiful! I would definitely recommend this playful sports book to young readers in grades 1-3. It had fun and easy to read language, interesting images, and a clear plot. I really enjoyed reading it!

  • Aaron Siclovan
    2018-10-01 15:59

    This book is a sequel to the poem "Casey at the Bat," a ballad of the Republic written by Ernest Lawrence Shayer. In this poem, Casey is given a second chance after the lost game in the original poem Casey at the bat. At the ball park, it was the final inning of the game and men were on bases, and two men were out. It is now Casey's turn to hit the ball and save the game. He made two strikes in a row, but on the third try he hit the ball. He started running to the bases, and made a home run, while the ball went over the over the ocean, Italy, a pyramid and even back in time (dinosaurs). After, the ball flew into space, where astronauts thought they discovered planet that was sewn together at the seams. While fans were celebrating Casey, the ball flew back to earth and the ball plopped into the little short stop's glove. The referee shouted "Out," and sad to say, Casey lost the game, and there was no joy in Mudville to this day. The illustrations in this book are painted by two artists. Steve Johnson and Lou Rancher are two of the top illustrators working today. The paintings are gold with muted colors. It will be easy for children to follow the story from the illustrations, as there is no deviation from the words. It is interesting that the ball player's uniforms look like they are made from daily newspapers and the reader can read from some of the news print. Children will really enjoy this exciting story, even though the ending is a disappointment. The poem will constantly remind children that it is a "pretend" poem.

  • Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
    2018-10-06 16:52

    Dan Gutman wrote a sequel of sorts to the famous Ballad from 1888. Casey Back at Bat takes place one season later. The Mudvile team is tied for first. Once again Casey is up to bat. This is a book that is written in a creative rhyme scheme and appealing pictures. I think this book is best read paired with any edition of the original poem. I also think it would have been helpful to print the original poem in thie back to give context for children unfamiliar with Casey's swing.

  • Helen-Louise
    2018-10-03 19:52

    If you grew up reading "Casey at Bat" and mourning with the people of Mudville, this is a really fun book. The art work really fits the story, really fits baseball, really fits the era portrayed. And everyone deserves a second chance, even Casey.

  • Jennifer Martelon
    2018-09-28 18:54

    Title: Casey Back at BatAuthor: Dan GutmanIllustrator: Steve Johnson and Lou FancherGenre: Poetry Theme(s): Baseball Opening line/sentence: “I’m sure you’ve heard of Casey, the baseball world sensation, whose famous strikeout lost a game and stunned a hopeful nation.”Brief Book Summary: A sequel to Casey at Bat this poem is a thirteen stanza ballad that tells the story of the last half-inning of a baseball game. The home team is losing and there are two outs and two men on base. Casey gets a second chance after striking out the first time he was up to bet during this type of situation in a previous game.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Review by Booklist ReviewIt had to happen; after all those iterations of Casey at the Bat, Gutman decides to continue the saga. Mudville is tied for first place. Casey comes to bat; even his teeth have muscles. He hits the ball mightily. He hits it so hard that it crosses the Atlantic, causes the Leaning Tower of Pisa to lean further, knocks the nose off the Sphinx--well, you get the idea. It even travels through time to explain what happened to the dinosaurs in an increasingly exuberant imagined rhyme. But in the end--suffice it to say there is still no joy in Mudville . The fab team of Johnson and Fancher makes wonderful, nineteenth-century-inspired paintings. Their amber glow, Victorian colors, and newsprint shadows are an excellent foil for Gutman's wit. An enjoyable extrapolation. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2007 BooklistProfessional Recommendation/Review #2: Review by Publisher's Weekly ReviewWhat if the scourge of Mudville had another chance? Gutman (the Baseball Card Adventure series) takes a crack at a sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's Casey at the Bat in his picture book debut. With two outs, two men on base and his team down three runs to one in the final inning of the season's last game, Casey lets two balls go by, and then, a miracle-he hits it out of the park. Indeed, the ball not only travels around the world (it nearly beans a bird, and strikes a certain tower in Pisa) but also goes back in time (past dinos) and into outer space. Unfortunately Gutman's jarring modern phrasings and bumpy rhythms are a far cry from Thayer's comic stylings, (e.g., "In the depths of outer space, an astronaut named Janet/ shrieked, `Eureka! I have found it! I've discovered a new planet!'/ Her partner took a look and told her, "Janet, in your dreams./ I've yet to see a planet sewn together at the seams' "). But Johnson and Fancher (Star Climbing) step up to the plate. With burnished-tone pictures cleverly textured with everything from vintage newspapers to a henna pattern on a pair of Indian rhinos, the artwork fully captures the spirit of the mock epic. Their chiseled-face Casey seems both deserving of vindication and cruising for a bruising. Which one does he end up getting? Suffice to say that once again, there is no joy in Mudville. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reservedResponse to Two Professional Reviews: Both of these reviews include one of the aspects of this book that really stood out to me which is the imagery that the author provides. This author throughout this entire poem/book gives children the chance to paint their own picture in their heads of how hard the ball was hit. The reviews also commented on the amazing illustrations which also stood out to me. Evaluation of Literary Elements: This book is written in poem form with ending of lines rhyming. It keeps the readers wondering what is going to end up happening. It also includes great examples of describing words and imagery. This is a great book to show how young writers can include imagery in their writings. Lastly, since this book is about baseball it will allow boys to become interested in writing poetry along with showing them that all poetry is not about love and emotional topics.Consideration of Instructional Application: After reading this book we would figure out what type of poem this book is written in. I would then teach my students how to write those kinds of poems. Once they understand they type of poem they will individually write this type of poem about any topic that they choose.

  • Sherry
    2018-09-30 23:05

    A fun "second chance" story that references by inference the well-known poem "Casey at the Bat: a Ballad of the Republic Sung in the year 1888" first published in 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner. Baseball star Casey's team, Mudville, lost, when he let his ego dictate his critical opportunity at bat, then failed at his last and only attempt to hit the ball.This colorful picture book in poetic form chronicles the journey of a high-flying baseball hit by that hard-luck batter, Casey, taking the fans' hopes, dreams, and imagination to the limitless skies of the world, only to come back down to reality, literally, when the ball returns to the park, landing in the hands of a player's glove. Sometimes, there is no skirting past failure, and disappointment is an unchangeable part of the folklore for this character. Doesn't mean it wasn't fun along the way, though!Colorful illustrations capture the imaginations of youngsters aged 4-9. Astute listeners who've been filled in on the history of the original poem won't take long to hone in on the newspaper clippings that appear as background for characters' outfits. Clever ruse to keep them carefully looking at each page, though the settings and situations are humorous and appealing all on their own. booklegger, grades 2-5.

  • Melanie Abril
    2018-10-19 18:35

    This sequel to Casey at the Bat is a humorous account looking at Casey's second chance for a victory for his baseball team. Casey is up to bat and after striking out two times he rises to the occasion and gives the third hit his all. He hits the ball so hard that it goes soaring across the Atlantic and through countless other countries. Past the Leaning Tower of Pisa and straight into a sphinx knocking the nose clean off and then bouncing off a pyramid then sending it hurdling through time and space. Find out what happens to Casey's home run hit next in the thrilling and hilarious tall tale of Casey Back at Bat. Casey Back at Bat is full of humor that feels a little darker and different from Dan Gutman's other works but is just as entertaining. It reads like a poem, rhyming on every page and having a not so traditional ending. The illustrations tend to be slightly abstract and if you take a close enough look you can see that the baseball players are made out of newspaper. This brings in some of the themes from the prequel because Casey's first attempt was splattered all over the front of every newspaper adding to the pressure that must be on Casey's shoulders as he gets his second chance. This great read can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

  • The Reading Countess
    2018-10-16 19:47

    Casey at Bat part II. As a mom of a die-hard baseball fanatic for a son and having read the abridged "Casey at Bat" with my students this year (think standardized testing with a little digital media thrown in thanks to the video we watched in conjunction with it), I was primed and ready to give Casey Back at Bat two thumbs up. I mean, Dan Gutman, the go-to-guy for guy reads wrote it, after all. Sadly, I was disappointed. The ball flying so high it soars past Pisa? Okay. It goes into dinosaur times? Um, alright, it's a stretch. But when the ball goes into outer space and zooms past astronauts, that was it for me. I had to call the book out. If Casey Back at Bat takes place one year after the original poem was supposed to have been written (1888), then that would make the astronauts a certain impossibility. With that said, I'll still read it to my youngest who will no doubt find millions of self-to-text connections. That's worth its weight in parenting gold, right? Dan Gutman, you aren't out with Casey Back at Bat. But you walked. And just BARELY at that.

  • Chanel Mcgowan
    2018-10-08 19:59

    The book tells of a well known baseball player, Casey, that has a lot of influence on his fans. Casey is also very confident in his baseball skills; the illustrator shows this with a smirk on his face as he is up to bat. Throughout the story casey is batting and ends up with two strikes because the pitches simply, weren’t his style. On the third pitch, Casey ends up striking out and there is silence to the field and all the joy in Mudville is now gone. The book is a good demonstration on why it is important to stay humble and always do your best. I think that this would be a good book to have on the shelf for a book report of bibliography. The illustrations are amazing and so detailed in this book. The characters are painted so well you feel like your in the book.

  • Marieke
    2018-10-15 16:04

    Casey battabat...the almost two year old loves this book, even if he can't always get all the way through it. He was very concerned about the Sphinx's nose, so we had a little lesson about the nose being a rock. Now I get reminded every time that its a rock flying through the air. This book was recommended to me by Kurtis Scaletta, whose books I'm very much looking forward to reading in the not-so-distant future with this precociously sports-obsessed kid I've got.

  • Abigail
    2018-10-05 22:57

    This book is fun and wonderful. The rhyming scheme is easy to follow and easily read. The illustrations are brilliant. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher incorporated newspaper prints along with other words into the pictures. It brings more detail to the illustration and makes them more memorable to a child or an adult for that matter, because each word that is part of the uniform of the baseball player to the words on the grass, have been chosen carefully so as to have meaning.

  • Karen
    2018-09-24 22:54

    Dan Gutman has really done the original "Casey at the Bat" poem justice with this sequel. My child isn't even a big baseball fan and he loved the journey Casey's baseball takes and the consequences it causes. Really good job and the tone and rhythm are perfect matches for the original. Great read-aloud.

  • Megan
    2018-09-21 14:47

    Anyone who remembers mighty Casey's defeat from "Casey at the Bat" will enjoy this sequel. Poor Casey just can't win! In fact, he gets blamed for causing the Tower of Pisa to lean, knocking the nose off the Sphinx, and the extinction of the dinosaurs! Who knew one player could cause such mayhem!

  • Bill Prosser
    2018-10-20 14:47

    Great book. I love the way these two guys illustrate, there is so much to look at and take in in every picture. The rhyme that goes with is a twist on Casey at the Bat and is good, but the pictures make the story.

  • Meredith Henning
    2018-10-16 18:41

    We love Dan Gutman here with all my baseball boys :) Great picture book based on the poem "if" Casey were to have another go at bat!

  • Jen
    2018-10-11 17:54

    This is a great follow-up to "Casey at the Bat." Dan Gutman's poetic text - very reminiscent of the original poem - and the artwork by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are fantastic!

  • Molly
    2018-10-02 19:42

    So much fun to read aloud! My son and I have been reading Casey at the Bat (in our case, the CF Payne version) and then this volume, back-to-back. He loves it!

  • Imperfectlyrua Castle-Hackett
    2018-10-17 16:48

    Captures the cadence and meter of the original with only a couple of awkward moments. Silly and fun. I has to look up the original and read it to my son after reading this with him a few times.

  • Sandy
    2018-09-25 22:05

    This book is a picture book where the author does a greatjob with rhyming the words. The story is a follow-up to the original poem "Casey At Bat" and it is very entertaining.

  • Zachary B
    2018-10-12 22:01

    This is one of our favorite kids books of all time! I read it to my older son and now my youngest is reading it.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-19 16:53

    Themes: baseball!, games, fractured poemStorytime for older kids 5/6+