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Beverly Billingsly can't catch
Stadler, Alexander.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Orlando : Harcourt, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
When Beverly and Oliver, who do well in school but not on the softball field, set out to become better players they get some pointers from their favorite librarian and spend a lot of time practicing.
General Note:
"Silver Whistle."
Reading Level:
NC 650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 76166.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 42382.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Beverly Billingsly is a bear of many talents. She can sing, she can swim, and she frosts a mean cupcake. But does the mild-mannered bear have what it takes to tear up the softball field? Well, not quite. . . . Still, with a little help from everyone's favorite librarian, Mrs. Del Rubio, Beverly may be able to turn things around in right field.

On the heels of Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book and Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow , Alexander Stadler delivers another tale of a fetching little bear's determination. Destined to join the ranks of such beloved characters as the Hobans' Frances, Beverly triumphs again in her newest adventure!

Author Notes

ALEXANDER STADLER is the creator of several picture books. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 3. Always the last ones picked for teams in school softball games, Beverly and Oliver are routinely delegated to distant positions such as right field or, worse, somewhere that didn't even have a name. When Beverly asks classmate Carlton for help, the ace player informs Beverly that she can't learn to be good at sports: Either you've got it or you don't. Librarian Mrs. Del Rubio encourages Beverly to stop researching softball and start practicing. After some coaching and hours of practice, Beverly and Oliver develop skills that begin to pay off on the field. The third picture book about Beverly Billingsly, who is evidently a little bear, this has all the gentle humor and schoolyard savvy of its predecessors as well as a sensible and amiably delivered lesson for kids who don't excel at sports. The distinctive illustrations feature expressive, energetic ink drawings brightened with gouache. A good choice for reading aloud, this picture book climaxes not with a home run but with a well-executed double play. Who wouldn't cheer when Oliver tags out Carlton stealing third? --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Practice makes perfect in Beverly Billingsly Can't Catch by Alexander Stadler, the third outing for this irrepressible heroine. Beverly loves softball ("she could stand in right field and sing as loud as she wanted, or watch butterflies"), never considering why she and her friend Oliver always get picked last for the team. As the two set out to shirk their "loser" status (coached by their favorite librarian), they become the very models for "practice makes perfect." Hilarious writing ("Oliver was standing somewhere that didn't even have a name") and useful softball tips ("Never run backward; it's dangerous and slow") add further appeal. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A refreshing and encouraging look at sports for those children who are not natural athletes. Beverly and her friend Oliver are experts at schoolwork and dinosaur lore, but lousy at softball, as Oliver realizes when the two are again picked last for the class teams. When they are told by one of the best ballplayers that being good at sports is not something you can learn, the friends set out to prove him wrong. With the help of their favorite librarian, who offers to coach them, Beverly and Oliver learn not to be afraid of the ball and to practice, practice, practice, with good results. Although the book doesn't promise miracles (the friends do not become stars by the end), it does emphasize that interest and practice can help improve skills. The colorful and lively cartoons of the animal characters convey the humor of the story with verve, and make this third book about Beverly and her friends a winner.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.