Dino-Baseball (Dino-Sports)

by Lisa Wheeler (Author) Barry Gott (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Dino-Sports

When the plant-eating Green Sox face the meat-eating Rib-Eye Reds, baseball will never be the same. Tied zip to zip, the game is a pitchers' duel until the Green Sox's hothead manager goes snout to snout with the dodo umpire and gets tossed out. The Sox respond with their veggie-powered bats and score three runs! Momentum swings back to the Reds before the seventh inning stretch, and they're all tied up in the bottom of the ninth.

Will this game need extra innings, or will Apatosaur save the day?

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Once again, the play-by-play action in the acrylic paintings and the rhyming text (“Green Sox need to change the score. / Their only hope? Apatosaur!”) will captivate young baseball fans, while the humor in each incongruous scene will widen the book’s audience to sports-ambivalent kids. 

Publishers Weekly

Wheeler and Gott already proved they have a winning formula with "Dino-Hockey" (2007) and "Dino-Soccer" (2009), and there's plenty for dinosaur/sports fanatics to enjoy in this latest installment (the final page hints at a basketball follow-up). It's a beautiful day in Jurassic Park (ballpark, that is), and the herbivores and carnivores are taking the field for the season's final game. The crowd is enthusiasticand similarly extinct. Wheeler's sturdy, concise couplets provide a nicely percussive play-by-play: Stego rumbles down the line./ Compy calls, 'This one is mine!'/ Gloves the ball. Throws him out./ "That's" what baseball's all about! (The dinosaurs' nicknames are set in contrasting type; a list of their full names can be found in team rosters displayed on the Jumbotron on the first page). Gott nails the drama of high-stakes game with a series of skewed perspectives and never overplays the comedyhis dinosaurs, with their imposing heft and improbably balletic grace, are more than capable of conveying the sublime absurdity of it all. Ages 5-9. 

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2 In this third book about the Rib-Eye Reds (carnivores) and Green Sox (herbivores), the teams are all over the diamond playing fast-action baseball. The rhyming text sweeps youngsters through the game with appropriate baseball idioms peppered throughout. Wheeler includes on-the-field plays as well as typical baseball-crowd fun like a manager's tantrum, a seventh-inning stretch, and a visit to the snack bar. Gott's illustrations are masterful at catching the leaping, running action of the battling behemoths and giving each spread a stop-action, "you are there" feel. The final page promises a rematch on the basketball court in the next book. Libraries looking to satisfy dinosaur lovers as well as sports enthusiasts will find this title an easy sell. "Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI"

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Guided Reading Level
Carolrhoda Books (R)
Publication date
January 20, 2010
BISAC categories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV032010 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2012 - 2012

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