Bounce along with this rhyming read-aloud about all kinds of balls!
From footballs to eyeballs, beach balls to meatballs, if you can roll it, this book has it! With his signature whimsy and wordplay, author Joshua David Stein compares and contrasts different kinds of balls in this part-reference, part-comedy act. The book invites readers to identify various sports balls, while simultaneously weaving in a whole selection of unexpected rollable objects. A winning formula for every young reader who loves to kick, throw, catch, or giggle.
PreS-Gr 1-This book features balls--soccer balls, snowballs, and gumballs. There are also not-quite-balls, like "furballs" and balloons. Which leads to the question: What makes a ball? It's an interesting puzzle for young readers and caregivers to unravel. Rhyming text explores the peculiar attributes of each ball. "Some balls sink [bowling ball], and some balls float [beach ball]." Some can be bounced, pitched, or served. But they can also be eaten (meatball) or chewed (gumball). While not all of the balls are named by the text, the abundant vocabulary will have readers engaged and talking about what they see. The addendum labels each ball and includes additional information. Naïve, geometric, cutout illustrations are digitally rendered. High contrast and bold coloring make the balls easy to spot and identify. Humans depicted in an array of skin tones energetically toss, shoot, and kick. However, their neckless, angular bodies are uncomfortably disproportionate, particularly in the arm length. Overall, this is a book with a lot of pep about a timeless object of recreation. VERDICT A useful and appealing addition.-Richelle Rose, Kenton County Public Library, KYCopyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
"Great fun."—Kiss the Book Jr.
"Kids, especially those who are sports-inclined, will like The Ball Book. Reluctant readers will like the short sentences and the simple words. Teachers will get loads of giggles when reading to her/his class; high volume laughs will occur because of the unintended slang. Even kids a few years older than the stated age range, will want to read and re-read this factual picture book."—Kid-Lit Reviews