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Ball BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Sullivan, Mary
ISBN: 0544313615     ISBN-13: 9780544313613
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: January 2015
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Annotation: In this close-to-wordless, comic book-style picture book, children witness a dog's day-to-day struggle just trying to find a partner to throw the ball, until the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch and then has a wild, ball-centric dream at naptime. 20,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Dogs; Fiction.
Play; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
- Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2015003698
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 6.75" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Readers follow an expressive dog through cartoon-paneled pages with one-word-on-repeat speech bubbles as it looks for someone to play with after the little girl leaves for school; when the pup falls asleep, the illustrations show a dream sequence of wild ball-centric adventures. It's unsurprisingly one-note, but Sullivan conveys a remarkable amount through punctuation (ball? BALL!) and her digitally colored-pencil drawings.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #2)

Illustrator Sullivan (Field of Peace) makes a hilarious debut as an author by touring the brain of a ball-obsessed dog. The dog's googley eyes, droopy snout, and oversize midriff provide comedy of their own, and he's even funnier when paneled sequences show him charging after his red ball, complete with puffs of smoke to signal blazing speed. "Ball!" he thinks (or sometimes "Ball?"); it's the book's only word. The dog's curly headed owner is delighted to play with him, but after she leaves for school he's stuck with her meditating mother and a squalling baby. He tries listlessly to amuse himself, then dozes off. His dreams are a parade of mad, creative whimsy. A tiered cake dotted with balls, a monstrous baby, and an interstellar game of chase climax with a journey down the toilet and through a maze of pipes. It's a paean to the neurotic single-mindedness of dogs, and a brilliant study of boredom. Readers will greet the moment when the girl arrives home with almost as much relief as the dog—and they'll eagerly await Sullivan's next book. Ages 4–8. Agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 March)

K-Gr 2—A humorous portrait of a dog with a one-track mind. Ball is a day-in-the-life portrait of a rumpled canine who lives and breathes to play fetch with his favorite human companion. When the girl goes to school, the dog is bereft; his beloved ball is lifeless. He tries to find other companions to fill the ball-throwing gap, but the adult is meditating, the baby isn't even mobile, and the cat is, well, a cat. The dog tries hiding the ball and then "finding" it, and eventually falls asleep and experiences an amusing ball-themed dream sequence that turns into a nightmare. At long last the pup's anguish is relieved as the girl comes home from school and they resume their happy rapport. The only text is the word "ball" repeated on every page; however, Sullivan adroitly infuses the canine with a wide variety of emotions, and a great deal can be read into that single word. The book uses a comic-strip layout for most of the pages, with a few spreads during the dream sequence. The digitally colored pencil drawings are full of action and energy and employ a muted palette dominated by yellows and oranges that give the book a warm 1970s feel. The proliferation of extra textures and flourishes that break the panels creates a lived-in, disheveled look to the drawings, which suits the bug-eyed, warts-and-all style used for the figures. A fine choice for independent readers and dog lovers everywhere.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake, MN

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