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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: Eleven-year-old Banjo H. Bishbash is a phenomenal hitter for the Rambletown Rounders Little League team. His teammates call him “The Great Walloper” because of his prowess with a baseball bat. Things were going well when, out of the blue, The Great Walloper fell into a serious batting slump. The Rounders had expected to win the championship this season but without Walloper’s bat the team’s chances were very bleak. Can the Rounders find a way to bring a championship home to Rambletown? This is a first-person story about baseball, friendship, and self esteem.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 4.1
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is a fun read, especially for boys and girls who play little league baseball. Readers will get a lot of belly laughs from the crazy stuff that “The Great Walloper” and his teammates try to get out of his batting slump.
Pros: Humor, realistic events, and solid characters combine in this baseball story fans will enjoy.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a fun read for anyone who has played little league baseball. The plot and characters are exaggerated a bit but that’s what makes them believable and funny. The book is worthwhile and enjoyable and would make a great birthday or Christmas gift to a little league player you know.