Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella
David A. Adler
Penguin Young Readers Group (2007)
ISBN 9780670060412
Reviewed by Matthew Feliciano (age 7) for Reader Views (1/08)

I really liked this book because it told a true story about Roy Campanella.  I think the author did a very good job of telling this story.  The author told interesting things about Roy Campanella and when I was reading the book I felt like I was living Campy’s life right with him.  The illustrations were not so good. I did not like the way they looked like paintings.  The faces seemed “bubbly” and they looked funny.

In “Campy,” we learn all about the baseball player Roy Campanella.  He is a hero for many reasons.  First, he did not let the color of his skin stop him from doing what he wanted to do.  He was the best baseball player out there.  He was very professional and polite to everyone and was a good person.

The second reason Campy is a hero is because when he had a car accident and couldn’t move, he never gave up.  He kept living his life and went on to teach baseball to others from his wheelchair.

In “Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella,” Campy can teach everyone a lesson: the color of your skin does not matter.  What matters is how you feel and how you act.

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