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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic…

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (1888)

by Ernest L. Thayer

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

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This is an illustrated version of the famous poem, "Casey at the Bat." This book is great because the illustrations really show the personality of Casey through a variety of facial expressions, making the poem come to life.
  DuffyBL | Jul 26, 2018 |
Not only did I love reading this to my son, and not only did he love hearing it, but THIS remarkable work of painstaking "reproduction" brought the tale of Casey to a whole new level. I spent over 30 minutes on my own marveling at the extras, the illustrations done in so many different formats, the intricacies and amazing details imagined by Mr. Bing. Gorgeous! ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
The original publications appeared in the San Francisco news paper 1888. Casey is very like Robinson Cano is he the most valuable player on the team. "A narrative poem about a celebrated baseball player who strikes out at the crucial moment of a game."
  Andews | Jul 13, 2017 |
The story of "Casey at the Bat" and the Mudville nine is a familiar one, but Bing's illustrations make the story fresh again. The book's layout resembles that of a contemporary newspaper, which gives young students today a glimpse of how people long ago viewed the world. This would be an interesting "slice of life" book to accompany a social studies lesson.
  rhoadesm1 | Jul 11, 2017 |
"Casey At The Bat" is a poem taking place in 1888 about a star baseball player up to bat at the end of a baseball game. The book gives a background to the history of the poem, stating that it was written by Ernest Thayer in 1888 and became a ballad of the republic. To go along with the poem, Christopher Bing creates amazing illustrations that make it seem like you are reading a newspaper article about Casey and the game in 1888, complete with clippings, old time baseball cards, money, and advertisements. This book could be used as a companion to a lesson on post-Civil War America, but any teacher could use this book in their classroom as a lesson on not being too cocky.
  BrettMartin | Jan 18, 2017 |
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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.

added by kthomp25 | editBooklist, Bill Ott (Apr 16, 2010)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ernest L. Thayerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bendis, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, GeraldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frame, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gould, ElliottPerformersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hall, DonaldAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hull, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kane, CarolPerformersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neiman, LeRoyDrawingssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Payne, C. F.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polacco, PatriciaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torre, JoeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tripp, WallaceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yarnell, JimDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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