Thursday, November 5, 2009

Full Count by Brad Herzog - Book Review

"Gather around the TV set. It's time for baseball heaven. Sometimes there's an October treat. It's World Series Game 7!" - Full Count by Brad Herzog, illustrated by Bruce Langton

I happen to enjoy watching baseball. I generally find the experience relaxing. I played softball in high school (spent a lot of time in center field) and liked the slow pace of the game. However, those big moments do come and create excitement, the moments when you are at bat hoping to score a runner or diving to catch the fly ball. I can't imagine the thrill of playing in a World Series.

There won't be a game 7 in this year's baseball World Series. The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 last night. The win marks the Yankees 27th Series title. History was made as Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player to be named MVP of the 2009 World Series. Also, this year the games began on Oct. 28th, the latest start date ever for a World Series. It's been a monumental season.

Several other historical moments have occurred throughout the years since baseball began. Thanks to Sleeping Bear Press, I recently received a copy of Full Count: A Baseball Number Book by Brad Herzog. Perfect for baseball fans ages five and up, the number book talks about the game of baseball in reference to numbers 1-100 and discusses a few historic moments in the game of baseball. For instance, the page focusing on number 3 gives the lowdown on the 1-2-3 of striking out. Herzog mentions the seventh game of the 1960 World Series game where Pittsburg broke the 9-9 tie with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning (Number 7). At age 15, Joe Nuxhall debuted in 1944 as the youngest player in the major leagues (Number 15). Even the All-American Girls Baseball League made the book (Number 4), with mention that the league started out with only four teams. Like many other Sleeping Bear Press books, the sidebar of the pages features text segments full of facts and trivia and a short poem accompanies each featured number. Langton's paintings of iconic baseball events help the reader visualize the numbers discussed. He even painted 100 baseballs for the page talking about pitches over 100 miles per hour!

Full Count: A Baseball Number Book by Brad Herzog, illustrated by Bruce Langton. Sleeping Bear Press (July 2009); 40 pages; ISBN 9781585364299
Book Source: Review copy provided for free by publisher (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Related Links:
Brad Herzog - Author Website
Bruce Langton - Illustrator Website