"Strike Three!" Danny can't ever hit the ball. Once, just once, he'd like to swing his bat and connect. Then, one night, Danny finds himself floating out his window to play baseball with the All-Stars -- Orion, Dipper, the Gemini twins, Rigel, and the rest. Their opponents -- the Orbits -- are truly intimidating, especially the mean pitcher Moon. Danny's afraid he'll strike out again. But maybe an out-of-this-world game can teach him the secret to becoming the batter of his dreams. A boy finds the confidence he needs in this dramatic fantasy. The poetic text by award-winning author Jane Yolen is both suspenseful and soothing. And imaginative art in every shade of nighttime blue makes "Moon Ball" a deliciously dreamy bedtime book.
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Called the "Hitless Wonder" and "Danny the Whiffer" by his teammates, Danny retreats to bed after another dispiriting round of strikeouts, "watching the moon round the bases of the sky" and wishing that he could hit the ball "just once." In a fantasy sequence, he floats out the window and joins the constellations (the "All-Stars") in a game against the moon and planets (the "Orbits"), where concentration and determination finally come together for him with a stellar home run. Yolen creates a hybrid of poetry and baseball in her fantasy tale. Her opening image of the moon "hanging over the field like a pop fly" prepares the way for Moon's later appearance as pitcher in the celestial game, carrying on the taunts of Danny's opposing teammates (" 'No-hitter,' sneered Moon"). Under Couch's (First Palm Trees) skilled brush, these metaphors materialize, evincing characters with wit and flourishAespecially the beefy Orbits, whose round bodies topped by tiny heads give them a humorously menacing look. The moon is the pitcher every player fearsAwith his small, piggish eyes and bulbous nose, his face a stylized amalgam of curves and planes, he is the very embodiment of mean-spiritedness. Yet the palette maintains a tranquil atmosphere: vivid turquoises seep into restful layers of seafoam green and inky blue, and flashes of vibrant oranges and reds glow hotly against the cooler shades, like fire against ice. The artist's use of light is particularly effective, and the dream sequences have an eerie radiance, as if lit by reflected moon- or starlight. Ages 4-8.
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Grade 1-4-To his great disappointment, Danny strikes out yet again at his Little League game and is called names like "Hitless Wonder" and "Danny the Whiffer." Back at home, he lies on his bed, looks out at the starry sky, and then floats, "...glove in hand,/out the open window/to play baseball with the All-Stars." In this magical game against the Moon and the other planets, one of his teammates reminds him about the secret of hitting: "Eye on the ball is all." (The fact that this piece of advice originally came from his Aunt Alice, who had played in the minors, is a nice touch.) Danny connects with the ball, which streaks "...across the sky,/falling to the far side of Earth./A home run!" Yolen's simple, rhythmic text and Couch's slightly surreal paintings, done with acrylic and colored pencil, combine to create a lovely book. The artist has a skillful eye for color, especially the jewel tones of blue in his nighttime skies, and a powerful talent for mood and character. A sports story, a flight of fancy, an exploration of the comforts of the imagination-Moonball is all of these. It's a winner.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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