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Baseball Fanbook
Contributor(s): Gramling, Gary, Bugler, Beth (Conductor)
ISBN: 1683300696     ISBN-13: 9781683300694
Publisher: Sports Illustrated for Kids
    OUR PRICE: $18.00  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Everything You Need to Become a Hardball Know-It-All
The next book in the Fanbook series from Sports Illustrated KidsThe Baseball Fanbook has all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know to impress their friends, family, coaches, and any season ticket holders they may meet. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics ages 8 and up who know the basics of the sport they love, may play it, and are looking to become super fans, this new fanbook is filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to's. Chapters include Team Tidbits (salient baseball facts about every MLB team), Think Like a Manager (essential strategies to understand), He Reminds Me Of (compares current players to legendary greats of America’s favorite pastime), and much more!

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Baseball; Miscellanea; Juvenile literature.
Baseball; Statistics; Juvenile literature.
Baseball; Miscellanea.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
Dewey: 796.357
LCCN: bl2018045615
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Sports Illustrated Kids
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.25" (1.05 lbs) 192 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Gary Gramling is an editor and writer at Sports Illustrated Kids connecting with readers through their passion for sports. Gramling is the author of The Football Fanbook and also a senior editor at Sports Illustrated's The MMQB with Peter King. He lives in Stratford, CT with his wife, two children, and two big TVs for watching baseball--among other sports. 

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #5)

Gramling offers a nostalgia-filled guide for baseball fans: the pages themselves are designed to look like those of a weathered and dog-eared almanac for devoted collectors of baseball cards, stats, and memorabilia. Chapters focus on topics such as record-breaking baseball players, obscure facts ("baseball's first umpires wore coats with tails and top hats"), and skills to master, which include breaking in a baseball glove, sliding into base, and dressing up a hot dog with toppings. There's a chapter on baseball lingo, one that compares today's players to those from the past, and a section titled "Think like a Manager," which provides an insider's look at running a baseball team. Gramling offers an array of player stats, facts, and practical info, spiced up with humor and a big-hearted affection for the game. Ages 8–up. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Gr 5–8—The author of the acclaimed The Football Fanbook has scored another major hit with this latest addition to the series that is sure to whet the appetite of fans of Major League Baseball (MLB). Whether for browsing or for obtaining information, this title has loads of action photographs in color, easy-to-understand charts and diagrams, and profiles of numerous players. One of the best chapters covers obscure facts. (All Major League baseballs are made by hand in Costa Rica. Also, Hank Aaron received a plaque from the U.S. Post Office in the 1970s for receiving so much mail—one million letters.) Baseball records, skills that baseballers should master and understand, comparisons of current stars with legendary ones, tidbits about all 30 MLB teams, and lingo that fans should know are among the topics covered. VERDICT This attractive guide is an essential purchase for sports collections.—Jeanette Lambert, formerly at Nashville-Davidson County Schools

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.