Reviews for How Georgie Radbourn saved baseball

Horn Book
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When a failed ball player becomes a powerful political leader, he exacts his revenge by outlawing baseball and everything associated with it. But he is no match for Georgie Radbourn, a child with an amazing pitching arm and an inability to speak except in baseball cliches. The illustrations are rich and appropriately menacing, but the text has an unappealing, adult tone. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Now that mega-tycoon (and ex-major leaguer) Boss Swaggert has outlawed baseball, it's winter in America all year `round; he's replaced ballfields with factories (patrolled by hulking police in modified football uniforms) and thrown the ballplayers into cold Candlestick Prison. Into this dreary world is born little Georgie, who throws snowballs that curve around corners amd speaks only banned baseballese (not ``Good morning'' but ``Batter up!''). Nabbed at last, he proposes a contest: if he can throw three pitches past Boss Swaggert, baseball will be restored. If not.... Shannon, whose dark, looming figures strikingly enhanced the drama in Yolen's Encounter (1992), gives this contest, too, an epic feel- -plus a broad streak of comedy; Swaggert, with beetling brows and a huge potato nose, strikes out spectacularly and is last seen ingratiatingly vending peanuts at a game, under blue summer skies. Knowledgeable fans will enjoy the many baseball references cleverly inserted here; Georgie, for instance, recalls Charles (``Old Hoss'') Radbourn, the 19th century's greatest pitcher. (Picture Book. 7-11)


Horn Book
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Fiction: PB When a failed ball player becomes a powerful political leader, he exacts his revenge by outlawing baseball and everything associated with it. But he is no match for Georgie Radbourn, a child with an amazing pitching arm and an inability to speak except in baseball clich+s. The illustrations are rich and appropriately menacing, but the text has an unappealing, adult tone. Horn Rating: Recommended, with minor flaws. Reviewed by: aeq (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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