JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka is Available Now
Readers who loved Casey at the Bat will fall in love with baseball all over again with Joy in Mudville, published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group. In this charming picture book, author Bob Raczka takes a playful approach to sport with Joy, a female pitcher who is called from the bullpen to save the day.
It had been only twenty-four hours since Mighty Casey struck out, plunging fans of the Mudville team into gloom and despair. But a new game day dawned, and Casey once again proved his might with a homer in the eighth. The Mudville nine took a one-run lead, but in the bottom of the ninth, their hurler walked three straight.
Bases loaded and the starting pitcher spent, the Mudville manager was not bullish about his bullpen. With the game on the line, he called for rookie Joy Armstrong to take the mound. Could she bring joy to Mudville again-and prove that a girl can play ball as well as any boy?
Beyond its positive message to aspiring female athletes, Joy's unique approach to pitching sends a comforting message to any child: it's okay to play many sports for fun rather than feeling pressure to specialize in a single sport. With Raczka's clever rhyming verse and bright illustrations by Glin Dibley, Joy's victory will appeal to young sports enthusiasts, boy or girl.
Visit www.lernerbooks.com for free downloads.