For Nonfiction Monday: "My First Book of Baseball: Mostly Everything Explained About the Game" by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel with illustrations by Bill Hinds.
Parents and children will enjoy this second book in the Rookie Book Series from Sports Illustrated for Kids. Eye-catching photographs highlight a MLB game from the umpire shouting "Play ball!" through the 7th inning stretch and on to the game-winning grand slam!
Opening pages highlight the basics of teams, innings, and diamond, layout the structure of the game, and explain terms such as offense, defense, infield, and outfield with the help of vivid illustrations.
Adult readers will appreciate the cartoon dialogue bubbles that appear frequently throughout the photographs offering thoughts or remarks from the various players.
Children will enjoy the comic-strip style kid who leads the reader through the pages as he follows the game from beginning to end and makes humorous comments on the action.