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Randy Riley's Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen
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Apr 09, 12

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bookshelves: baseball, fantasy, ncbla2013, self-esteem, picture-book
Read in April, 2012

It's great to have a picture book written in rhyming text paying homage to the intellect rather than mere physical prowess. In this title, Randy Riley loves baseball despite being woefully inadequate at the sport. No matter how determined he is to hit the ball, when it comes over the plate, he inevitably swings and misses. (I like the idea that you don't have to be good at something to enjoy it.)Randy is fascinated by science and ponders the idea of outer space and messes around with his robots. When he peers through his telescope one evening and discovers that a fireball is heading toward the earth and no one will listen to his warnings, he puts his mathematical and physics knowledge to work just when they're most needed, making Randy the hero for the day. The gouache illustrations with their blue skies and the looming figure of Randy's over-sized robot add to the pleasures of reading this title.
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