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Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer

Casey at the Bat

by Ernest L. Thayer

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I love the way the old-styled illustrations and short story pieces before and after the original "Casey at the Bat" poem really bring this story to life. Adding what seems like minor factors actually makes this piece more enjoyable and understandable for younger children as it helps them see past some of the harder language to really understand the moral of the story. The umpire as a character close to Casey really added a little something special too :) ( )
  KMClark | Jul 17, 2014 |
I love the old-fashioned look of all of Bing's illustrations! His drawings, paired with some real historical artifacts, put the Mighty Casey in a context that looks appropriate for the 1880s when the poem was first written.
  vsoler | Jun 8, 2014 |
I thought that the vocabulary in the poem was outdated and difficult to comprehend. Words such as “lusty,” “doffed,” and “dell” are not used in everyday language and I had difficulty understanding what was going on in the poem. I relied heavily on the pictures to help me understand the text. I also did not like the illustrations. The cartoon faces, especially that of Casey’s, were very creepy and funny looking. They were helpful in portraying the story and the emotions of the characters, but not enjoyable to look at. I really enjoyed the plot of the poem. The ending was very surprising because the entire poem describes Casey as being a might player who would surely hit the ball, but he actually strikes out. Casey seems to be a very cocky player and does not even try to hit the first two balls that are thrown to him. The message of the poem seemed to be that being too sure of yourself can backfire. ( )
  EmilySadler | Apr 3, 2014 |
A fun narrative about the famous story of "Casey at the bat". I like how the whole book is written and illustrated like a newspaper article. The illustrations are also very detailed and have interesting things to look at and read, besides the text, on every page. ( )
  kryoung1 | Apr 3, 2014 |
Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Illustrated by Patricia Polacco. Copy Right 1988. A paperstar book publisher. pg.29

Type of Book: Poetry book

Summary: This children's poetry book was about a boy named Casey who plays baseball. He says he is the best hitter on the team. But he reminds himself that his dad told him to not count his hits before they are pitched. Casey is late for his game and his teammates are not to thrilled and neither is the umpire. When Casey gets up to the plate he ends up striking out. Then at the end the umpire said that he calls them how he sees them and Casey says he was counting his hits before the pitches. The umpire than says lets go home kids and get dinner.

Response: This was a cute book. It shows that children should not assume they are going to be the best. They need to know that sometimes it does not always work out the way you want it to. Casey realized that by striking out. His dad was the umpire for his game.
  singleton2012 | Mar 9, 2014 |
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Bill Ott (Booklist, Feb. 15, 2001 (Vol. 97, No. 12))
First-time children's book illustrator Bing's take on Casey at the Bat represents, above all, a stunning example of contemporary bookmaking in which the most sophisticated electronic techniques have been used to re-create the past. The text is presented as a "newly discovered," 100-year-old scrapbook into which newspaper articles, including Thayer's poem and other memorabilia, have been pasted, recording not only the events of the day--Casey's ninth-inning strikeout and the Mudville nine's four-to-two defeat--but also a broader view of the baseball world in 1888. The poem is illustrated in two-page spreads in which Bing's scratchboard drawings effectively capture the look of engravings used in newspapers of the period. Imposed over the drawings are fictional clippings that amplify issues suggested in the text (on the spread where Jimmy Blake "tears the cover off the ball," an editorial decries the practice of using only one ball throughout a game). Elsewhere, the illustrations depict a black player, and the clipping concerns the soon-to-be-instituted color line. (As with all the fictional clippings, this reference to baseball before the color line is historically accurate.) There is a phenomenal amount of information on baseball history compacted into this fascinating format, and the juxtaposition of memorabilia to text is unfailingly, even exhaustingly, clever (a newspaper ad for "bronchial troches" to cure hoarseness appears alongside the lines "Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell"). As with so many recent tour-de-force picture books, however, questions linger about the audience. For all its brilliance and bravura, this is a far less kid-friendly Casey than Gerald Fitzgerald's 1995 version. Adults, of course, will marvel at the bookmaking and relish the arcane information, but they may meet a fate similar to Casey's when they try to pass on their enthusiasm to their young children. Category: Books for the Young--Nonfiction. 2000, Handprint, $17.95. Ages 5-8.

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Ernest L. Thayerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two with but one inning left to play.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689854943, Hardcover)

The outlook wasn't brilliant

for the Mudville nine that day:

The score stood four to two

with but one inning more to play....

Since 1888 Casey at the Bat has been read and loved by baseball fans around the world. Now Mighty Casey has been brought to life by celebrated illustrator C. F. Payne, who captures the old-fashioned fun of an afternoon at the ballpark for a brand-new generation.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:52 -0400)

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A narrative poem about a celebrated baseball player who struck out in the crucial moment of a game.

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