Title: The Lucky Baseball Bat
Written by: Matt Christopher
Illustrated by: Robert Henneberger
Reviewed by: Asher M., Grade 3
This book is about a boy named Marvin. He really thinks baseball looks really fun. The boys would not let him play baseball because he was small and they didn't know his name. A teenager named Barry Wilton gave him a glove and a bat. Marvin was really excited that he got a glove and a bat. He went to the field and the coach, Jim Cassell, gave him a position. Marvin feels that without his lucky bat he cannot hit. Marvin's bat gets lost and he felt that he couldn't hit the ball. When he gets his bat back, he plays really well, like a major league baseball player. And then, in one game against the Bears, his bat splits into two. He lost confidence in himself without his lucky bat. The main message is that if you want to do stuff you have to have confidence in yourself.
The book was written 60 years ago. There are old-fashioned words like "swell." Boys and girls couldn't play baseball together a long time ago.
Marvin learns a very important lesson. There is no such thing a lucky bat, just hard work. The lesson is have confidence in yourself. This character reminds me of myself. Just like Marvin doesn't have confidence in himself about hitting the ball, sometimes I don't have confidence in myself about some things.
The illustrations help to tell the story. The illustrations helped me to get through the book. It's a long book. It has 123 pages.
I like this book. It's good for kids who are scared of doing things. It helps kids get confidence in themselves by reading about Marvin's story.
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