Cover image for Ernest L. Thayer's Casey at the bat : a ballad of the Republic sung in the year 1888
Title:
Ernest L. Thayer's Casey at the bat : a ballad of the Republic sung in the year 1888
Author:
Thayer, Ernest Lawrence, 1863-1940.
Uniform Title:
Casey at the bat
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Brooklyn, NY : Handprint Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
Title from cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 0.5 46279.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 1 Quiz: 24230 Guided reading level: NR.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781929766000
Format :
Book

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Summary

"And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville-mighty Casey has struck out." Those lines have echoed through the decades, the final stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Its author would rather have seen it forgotten. Instead, Ernest Thayer's poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana. Christopher Bing's magnificent version of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th-century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook. Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe l'oeil reproductions of artifacts-period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multifaceted panorama of a bygone era. A book to be pored over by children, treasured by aficionados of the sport-and given as a gift to all ages: a tragi-comic celebration of heroism and of a golden era of sport.


Author Notes

Christopher Bing, whose first book, "Casey at the Bat," was named a 2001 Caldecott Honor Book, lives with his wife and three children in Lexington, Massachusetts, in a house directly on the Freedom Trail, the route on which Paul Revere rod


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Libraries may own several versions of this perennial favorite but try to make room for one more--this one's a hit. Interestingly, it was first published in Great Britain, and though the illustrator hails from Manchester, England, he seems to have a handle on "Casey at the Bat." His sunlit art spreads expansively across two pages and contains both the physicality of the game and the magic of the crowd experience. Whether it's Casey coming up to bat, or the fans yelling, "Kill the umpire!" or that final, deadly swing, Fitzgerald's art transcends the text to express the emotion of the moment. An entertaining reminder of the national pastime in a baseball spring sans heroes. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Adorning this classic sports epic, Moser's characteristically expressive paintings were modeled on historical photographs and drawings of former baseball greats. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up Since the birth of the original ballad 100 years ago, the mock despair generated by Thayer's versification has provided minor Aristotelean catharsis for millions of Americans. If ever there were a hero brought to a tragic end by a character flaw, it's Mighty Casey. This is the stuff of myth. But by making her Casey a little leaguer, Polacco has emasculated the power of the legend. Adding on a prologue with a bratty kid sister and an epilogue with a wimpy moral (``counting my hits before they were pitched'') only dilutes the majesty of the poem's final line. Her genuine drawing talent; her inventiveness in creating and arranging groups of caricatures; her ability to depict scenes that are provocatively animated, that utilize a range of viewpoints to produce compelling melodramathese attributes are misplaced here. A cocky adolescent sure isn't one to stimulate the passion of these verses. And part of the fun is the perception of grown-ups taking a game of balls and bats seriously, in the first place. This irony is totally lost too. Polacco, like Casey, has struck out. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State Univ . , Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.