Casey Back at Bat
Dan Gutman
HarperCollins (2009)
ISBN 9780060560270
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 4 ½) and Mom for Reader Views (4/09)


“Casey Back at Bat” is Dan Gutman’s sequel to Ernest Lawrence Taylor’s legendary poem “Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic.”  Casey is getting a second chance.  Will he be able to prove himself?

Cayden:  “I like playing baseball!  We just played out in the yard yesterday.  Casey is really big.  Do his teeth really have muscles like they said?  I think he is a giant!  Wow, he can hit the ball really far!  My favorite part was when he hit it all of the way back to when the dinosaurs lived.  That was a long time ago because dinosaurs are extinct!  That was a good story.”

Parent’s comments:
The story of Casey has been around for awhile and the illustrations accurately reflect this as they have an old-fashioned feel to them.  The story itself is very creative and it is fun to see a new spin on an old classic.  “Casey Back at Bat” by Dan Gutman would be an excellent choice for any young child who enjoys baseball.


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