Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review - Pirates at the Plate

Title: Pirates at the Plate
Story and Illustrations: Mark Summers
Written by: Aaron Frisch
Publisher: Creative Editions (August 29, 2012)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 32
Genre: Children's
Source: Amazon Vine Program
Ages: 4 and up

An imaginary game has never felt so real. Mark Summers and Aaron Frisch have dreamed up a young boy’s masterpiece.

You need to reach back and see baseball through the eyes of a young boy. The Pirates, literally, are playing the Cowboys, literally. Wild Bill is on the pitchers mound, Hopalong Cassidy is with the bulls in the pen warming up. LongJohn Silver is in the batters box and Calico Jack is on second base.

The score is 47 to 47 and Blackbeard is on deck. Imagine Blackbeard in a prayer crouch on a ship. When they say that one was blasted into center field, picture a cannon. A runner caught in a pickle involves horses and lassoes and stealing a base involves the actual stealing of a base.

A great story of imagination. The illustrations are outstanding. The storyline is unique and the humor is dry and witty. Your baseball, cowboy, pirate loving child will not be able to get enough of this story.

This book is bound to be a much loved classic.

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