Guide to Juvenile Baseball Books: Z

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Unusual picture book, perhaps a little too fey for some tastes.

Large-scale picture book; the pictures are pleasant enough, but the sound effects become rather irritating over time.

This beginning reader's cover subtitle reads "curious about number order": one of the concepts that the book teaches is that 1 comes before 2, 3 before 4, and so forth. The anarchy that once propelled the Curious George® brand has been recast as below-level math-skills performance that can be ameliorated by the intervention of education professionals.

The baseball elements are weak and the plot stays stuck in neutral, but this is a believable account of a family's struggle with one member's illness.

The baseball hero, Slug Smith, resembles stock images of Babe Ruth. The baseball action is weak; the central family drama is light but plausible.