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The Resource Basketball Bats, Betty Hicks ; illustrated by Adam McCauley

Basketball Bats, Betty Hicks ; illustrated by Adam McCauley

Label
Basketball Bats
Title
Basketball Bats
Statement of responsibility
Betty Hicks ; illustrated by Adam McCauley
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about working as a team
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Review
  • (The following is a combined review for Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie) Gr 2–4— Five kids with distinct personalities—Henry, Goose, Rocky, Rita, and Jazz—are the stars of this new series. Basketball Bats focuses on Henry, who rounds up his friends to play basketball against some bullies. Unfortunately, he becomes a ball hog, but he can count on his friends to remind him that they need to work together. The lesson, of course, is that there is no "I" in "team." In Goof-Off Goalie , Goose must focus so that he can convince the soccer coach that he's the best choice for goalie. His friends help him train for the big game, and he learns that, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. It's no surprise that both Henry and Goose win their respective games in the end. McCauley's illustrations have a childlike quality, giving the impression that the characters themselves doodled in their school notebooks. These titles are ideal for easy chapter-book readers who aren't quite ready for Matt Christopher or Mike Lupica. The series will likely develop a following among sports lovers. However, the question remains: Will any of the characters in the sequels actually lose a game?—Laura Lutz, Queens Borough Public Library, NY --Laura Lutz (Reviewed July 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 7, p74)
  • This first in a series of sports-oriented books uses basketball to explore such topics as sportsmanship and friendship. Henry and five friends, three boys and two girls, are challenged to a basketball game by a sketchy group of players calling themselves the Tigers. Turns out the Tigers cheat, but the newly dubbed Bats win anyway; their troubles with the Tigers don't end there, however. In the second game Henry hogs the ball in an effort to compensate for the Tigers' new player, Teen Boy, but the Bats' loss makes him the goat. In the second book in the series, Goof-Off Goalie (ISBN: 978-1-59643-244-4), the same friends play team soccer and this time Henry's friend Goose takes the fore. He thinks being goalie will be a cinch. Turns out it isn't so easy—it takes practice and good friends. With McCauley's expressive spot illustrations accompanying Hicks's breezily simple text, this series will be a great stepping-stone for reluctant or new readers, easily introducing topical issues with its blend of humor and sports. A real score! (Fiction. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2008)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
286583
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hicks, Betty
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.H53155
LC item number
Bas 2008
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McCauley, Adam
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Gym shorts
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Basketball
  • Teamwork (Sports)
  • Basketball stories
  • Teamwork (Sports)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Basketball Bats, Betty Hicks ; illustrated by Adam McCauley
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
55 p.
Isbn
9781596432437
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007019501
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn141851837
  • (OCoLC)141851837
Label
Basketball Bats, Betty Hicks ; illustrated by Adam McCauley
Publication
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
55 p.
Isbn
9781596432437
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007019501
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • ocn141851837
  • (OCoLC)141851837

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