Casey Back at Bat
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.”
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.