Although I'm not a sports fan myself, many kids of all ages are and of course I need to cover their interests in our collection! It's hard to find sports books for very young fans, even though rookie sports are super popular in our town and presumably elsewhere. I liked that the coach and umpire (a dark-skinned girl) both appeared to be teens - many of our local sports teams are at least partially run by enthusiastic teens and it's great to see how involved they get with the small kids. I strongly appreciated seeing the involvement of girls, often left out in sports books, and the emphasis on the kids learning and having fun, not necessarily winning.
Verdict: If, like me, you are trying to build a sports collection for your youngest readers (and players) this is a must-have. Both parents and children will enjoy this cheerful story of participation.
ISBN: 9781454916079; Published 2016 by Sterling; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library