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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,618 Ratings  ·  374 Reviews
A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in thi ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 15, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noticing-craft
This book has only one word in it...BALL. It's about a dog who loves to have his ball thrown, but when his human goes to school, no one will throw it for him. This book is so amazing because you feel the emotion of the dog by the way the author writes it. When he is looking for his ball it say, "Ball??" and when he find it, "BALL!!!". The author does a great job in making sure the reader hears the dog's "voice".

I would definitely use this book for my class to see that one word can go a long way.
Chi Nguyen
Mar 05, 2017 Chi Nguyen rated it it was amazing
Ball by Mary Sullivan features a dog and his ball. When the dog, who is nameless, wakes up in the morning he wants to play ball but when his owner, a little girl, goes to school, he goes to throughout the house to find someone to play ball with from the mother, to the baby, even the pet cat but to no avail. So what he does next is puts the ball under a pillow and goes into a one long fetch spree in his dreams.
Ball is a very simple story depicting the joy that a dog has with his toys. This story
Can a book be made up of one word? Well, apparently if you are Mary Sullivan, it can be! This is a hilarious story about a dog that is completely obsessed with a BALL! He wakes up his young owner by asking her to play ball ("Ball?") and she gleefully obliges...this gal is going to be the first female most valuable player in major league baseball, I'm telling you! Eventually the girl shows the dog her watch and leaves for school, leaving the dog disconsolate. He tries various other family members ...more
Tanner Greyn
Feb 08, 2015 Tanner Greyn rated it liked it
Ball by Mary Sullivan is about a dog who wants to play ball all day but no will throw his ball for him. After trying to play by himself, he eventually falls asleep and dreams about his ball in different places and he has to find it. Finally, the little girl comes home from school and is able to play ball with the dog again.
The only word found throughout the story is the word "ball" coming from the dog's "voice". The illustrations are what capture the dog's feelings throughout the story. When the
Apr 15, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Simplistic in it's design and a very easy read (there is only one word "Ball") this is a book for all ages. The excited antics of a young girl's dog and his/her (it's difficult to tell what gender the dog is, but he seems like a boy) ball move the story along very quickly. An early language book with lots of things to point out, make this great for any age but especially for very young readers. The dog's primary focus is the ball and all the things he likes to do with it, but when his human leav ...more
Alyssa Weber
Sep 29, 2014 Alyssa Weber rated it really liked it
Ball by Mary Sullivan is a simple book that young children are sure to love! The book provides hilarious graphic images for the children to look at. These images allow even the youngest reader to understand what is going on while also allowing them to predict what may come next. Ball only uses on word in the entire text – “ball.” Go figure. However, the constant repetition will not only be enjoyable for the child, it will provide a learning experience. Ball by Mary Sullivan is a great book for t ...more
This BOOK. I can't imagine a better early reader--Ball is a picture book describing the relationship between a dog and his girl. The only word in the entire book is "ball", with body language corresponding to the situation. It would be a great one for teaching a child about tone when reading, but it is also just so sweet, fun, and heartwarming that I want to read it again and again. Set up like a graphic novel, it would appeal to a huge age range. I'm so impressed.
Feb 19, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A one word book that presents a whole world of adventure. As a dog owner I have had these conversations (?) with my dog, hahaha
Nov 15, 2013 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ball and dog lovers
Recommended to June by: Cap Choices
Love the enthusiasm! Spot on. My father once decided to see how long our dog would play. My father gave up after 2 hours.
Beth Wood
Jun 29, 2013 Beth Wood rated it really liked it
Great book for early readers - "ball" is the only word in this story. Also a great gift for anyone who has ever owned a ball-obsessed dog.
Jul 06, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Only one word in the whole book. Guess which one. This fat little dog is a sweetheart. Tyler, get this for Crissy, he's very Guadalajara-esque.
Apr 11, 2013 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
So much hope, longing, angst, and pure joy is told in a story with the single word "Ball." I loved this pooch and so wanted to jump in the pages and play with the poor thing.
Apr 03, 2013 frogfairie rated it really liked it
If you've got a fetch-lovin' pup then this short & very sweet book is for you!
Edward Sullivan
A dog and his ball. Hilarious!
Dec 14, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1. Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book
2. Kindergarten through first
3. If there is a better story than a boy and his dog, it’s a story of a dog and their ball. This story explores the world of a dog, which basically boils down to where the ball is and who is there to throw it for them. In this graphic novel, the dog even dreams of their ball, and so of course it is the only word in the entire story.
4. From start to finish, this story is hilarious and, as a dog owner I have to say, completely accurat
Hannah Parker
Nov 22, 2016 Hannah Parker rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This book is good for students in grades Pre-K to third grade. I could not find the proposed Fountas and Pinnell level of the book, but seeing as it has one word (Ball) throughout the entire book, I would rate this as A. The only thing that would make it a little bit harder would be the punctuation. This book shows a day in the life of a dog. It has a cute girl playing fetch with her dog, and then going off to school. The dog tried all day to play with someone, but could not find anyone to play ...more
Britomarte Van Horn
Dec 15, 2016 Britomarte Van Horn rated it it was amazing
I don't usually add picture books to Goodreads, but... I LOVED THIS BOOK. Seriously. It was completely charming and everyone who likes dogs needs to read it.
Sue Mosher
Dec 02, 2016 Sue Mosher rated it really liked it
Only one word, repeated, but so cute.
Oct 15, 2016 Kristine rated it really liked it
A dog just wants to play
Karrigan Linkous
Sep 25, 2016 Karrigan Linkous rated it it was amazing
This wordless picture book was one of the cutest i've read. The bond between a kid and their dog can be so incredible and that is what this book shows. Dogs love to play catch with their ball but what happens when their human leaves? How do they get to play catch? Thats what this book is showing and it is too dang cute.
Being a wordless picture book, it leaves a lot of room for our imagination to engage while flipping through the pages. We are able to create our own interpretation of the story
Brittany Trinh
Apr 25, 2016 Brittany Trinh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: project-1
Sullivan, M. (2013). Ball. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children.

Review: This story reminds me of the movie "Up," when Dug is fixated with squirrels. In the story "Ball," a persistent dog wants to play a fetching game of ball. His best friend has to go to school so she is no hope. When she leaves, the dog tries to get the mother to play, but still no hope. Then he tries the baby, but the baby doesn't know how to play fetch. The dog even tries to get the cat to play. That was a
Ball by Mary Sullivan is a graphic novel for young children, which depicts the adventures of a dog and his love for the ball. When his best girl pal has to leave for school, the poor dog is at a loss for whom he can play ball with. He tries to get the mom who is in meditation to play, the wailing baby to play, and even the cat to play ball with him. No luck. So the dog begins a one-sided game of ball throwing until he falls asleep and has a “wild, ball-centric” dream until his girl pal comes hom ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
"BALL?"..."BALL!" This simple and repetitive story written by Mary Sullivan is a cute representation of the relentless energy dogs have with the activity of playing ball. With only one word, "ball" throughout the entire story, Sullivan impressed me on how well she was able to tell a thoughtful story sure to make anyone smile.

A dog enjoys playing catch with the little girl of the household in the beginning of the story... until she has to go to school. Then what? He tried to play with the mom, b
Jessica Kelly
Ball, by Mary Sullivan, is a graphic novel for young children. Ball is the story of a dog and his favorite red ball. From the time she wakes up, his owner always plays ball with him and, as you can tell by the illustrations, there is nothing that he enjoys more. He is very impatient with her and always wants her full attention. As soon as his owner goes to school, the dog becomes very sad because he has no one who will throw his ball to him, so he takes a nap and dreams about extreme situations, ...more
Rosie Sanchez
APA: Sullivan, M. (2013). Ball. New York, NY: HMH Books for Young Readers.
Review: This story is about a dog that absolutely loves to have his red ball thrown so that he can catch it. However, when his young owner goes to school, the dog is left with a mom who is too busy doing yoga, a baby who is crying for attention and an angry cat that wants nothing to do with the ball or the dog. After the dog’s unsuccessful attempts to have someone play with him, he makes an effort to play on his own till h
Misty Jimenez
Book Title: Ball
APA Citation: Sullivan, M. (2013). Ball. Boston: Houghton.
KIRKUS REVIEW: The single word “ball” comprises the text of this visual chronicle of a day in the life of a dog and his ball. An unnamed, roly-poly pooch lies curled on a little girl’s bed with a ball in his mouth. As the girl wakes up, she yells, “BALL,” and enthusiastically tosses it. To the dog’s utter joy, the girl continues tossing the ball while she dresses, but, alas, she leaves him alone with his ball when she hea
Feb 22, 2017 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, pets, feelings
This is an illustrated story of the day in the life of a dog and his ball.
Amy Yount
Apr 30, 2016 Amy Yount rated it liked it
Shelves: project-1
Book Review:
A dog wakes his best friend up in the morning to play the fetching game with his red ball. The little girl plays fetch with him while she is getting dressed for the day. When it is time to go to school, the little girl has to leave and the poor dog is left at home. He tries to play the fetching game with Mom while she meditates. No luck! Next he tries to play the fetching game with the baby. All he does is make him cry. Then, he tries to play the fetching game with the cat, and th
Sullivan, M. (2013). Ball. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin.

A little girl and her dog are sleeping. The dog wakes up with a one track mind for the rest of the day – ball! Unfortunately for him, the girl has to go to school, and no one else will play with him – not mom, not baby, not the laundry basket. This leaves him with no choice but to take a nap and dream of all the terrible things that could happen to his ball, including being stolen by an astro-cat or getting flushed down the toilet and goi
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